Organ donations vetoed by hundreds of bereaved families
By Jane Dreaper
Health correspondent, BBC News
15 January 2016
From the section Health
Bereaved families have blocked the organ donation of 547 UK registered donors since 2010 – about one in seven cases, figures show.
NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) says it will no longer seek the consent of families formally, to make such “overrides” more exceptional.
Instead, they will be given a leaflet explaining consent – or authorisation in Scotland – rests with the deceased.
Families can still veto that consent but must provide reasons in writing.
NHSBT expects the change to lead to a 9% rise in donors.
It said the 547 blocked donors would have provided organs for 1,200 of the 6,578 patients currently waiting for transplants.
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Source:: BBC UK