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CMO calls for 'presumed consent' on organ donation

The Government’s chief medical officer, Sir Liam Donaldson has expressed concern over the number of young people dying on NHS transplant waiting lists, branding the situation as a ‘scandal’ that could be remedied by implementing a system of ‘presumed consent’ in the UK.

Sir Liam, who recently announced his resignation, attacked the findings of a report published last year which claimed that an “opt out” system of organ donation was unlikely to boost donation rates, claiming there was a “prissiness” among the UK population about donating organs after death.

Sir Liam said: “I would love to see presumed consent on organs.

“People are dying on the transplant waiting list. I believe it’s a scandal.

“This prissiness about the idea of giving organs to somebody after you have died - I think it’s something that’s not supported by the public.”

Sir Liam also called for a fresh debate on the introduction of a minimum price for a unit of alcohol.

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