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CMO calls for 'presumed consent' on organ donation

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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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