Families may lose veto on organ donation
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.