Opt-out transplant scheme 'could save lives'

According to an organ transplant expert, implementing an opt-out system would save many lives.

The chairman of To Transplant and Beyond John Fisher has claimed that each donor is able to save five to seven lives with their organs.

He claimed that around 50 per cent of people die while waiting for organs and "those people would be alive now if we had an opt-out [system] rather than an opt-in [system]".

Mr Fisher's comments are backed up to an extent by research from the British Medical Journal.

According to the study, an increase of up to 300 transplants a year could be seen if the UK implemented an opt-out system.

Mr Fisher added that there were no moral issues He explained: "We live in a democracy where the majority rule and most people, about 93 per cent, are for organ donation.

"Why should 93 per cent opt in when there is a minority of seven per cent who should be opting out?"

According to statistics from UK transplant, between April 1st 2008 and March 31st 2009, 977 lives were saved in the UK through transplants.

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