Fam­i­lies may lose veto on or­gan do­na­tion

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - PA

Fam­ily mem­bers could no longer have a say over whether their loved ones do­nate their or­gans on death, as part of new opt-out pro­pos­als.

At present, the de­fault po­si­tion is for or­gans not to be do­nated un­less the pa­tient opts in. In any case, med­i­cal staff must seek ap­proval from the dead per­son’s fam­ily be­fore press­ing ahead with an or­gan trans­fer. But a con­sul­ta­tion on a po­ten­tial shake-up of the ser­vice in Eng­land paves the way for con­sent to be pre­sumed, with an op­tion for that per­mis­sion to be made by the pa­tient with­out fam­ily in­put.

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