ORGAN DONATION: Law change is very welcome

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For the thousands of people waiting on an organ in England and their family and friends, the news that MPs voted in favour of a change in the law towards presumed consent will be very welcome.

After many years of campaigning, this is a positive step given that over the past decade, hundreds of people in the North East have died while awaiting an organ transplant and every day, there is a similar picture throughout the rest of the UK.

Ultimately, an opt-out system will maximise the number of lives that can be saved by making it easier for those wishing to donate to do so - something that will be a source of comfort and hope for many.

Dr John Chisholm

BMA medical ethics committee chairman