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Organ Donation Week (2 – 9 September 2019)
Posted on 2 Sep 2019
In the UK
- Around 6,000 people across the UK are waiting for an organ transplant
- Only around 6,000 people each year die in circumstances where they can donate their organs
- Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for a transplant
Next year, the law around organ donation is changing in England and Scotland. From spring 2020 in England and autumn 2020 in Scotland, all adults will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. This system was introduced in Wales in 2015.
In the lead up to the change in law, NHS Blood and Transplant is urging families across England to talk about their organ donation decision, with the campaign message ‘Pass it on’.