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Plans for organ donation opt-out shelved

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A system of presumed consent for organ donation could undermine trust in NHS staff and would not increase the availability of organs for transplant, according to a government advisory body.

The government’s UK Organ Donation Taskforce has rejected proposals from the prime minister and chief medical officer to introduce a system of ‘presumed consent’ for organ donations in the UK.

The proposals could negatively impact on organ donation numbers and would not necessarily increase the number of potential organ donors, the taskforce said.

There was no convincing evidence that it would deliver significant increases in the number of donated organs, the taskforce added.

The taskforce made the recommendation following a consultation that began in July last year after concerns that patients were waiting too long for transplants because of a lack of available organs.

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