NHS Blood and Transport plans changes considering organ donors. Data show that only 57% of families allow the donation of the organs of their relatives.
Usually this happens because the family does not know what exactly would their loved ones prefer to happen to their organs.
The goal of NHSBT is to increase the mentioned percent up to 80%.
It claims organ donation will soon go through a revolution as the number of donors will increase unprecedented. May be people should be encouraged to formally acknoledge their last will, concerning what will happen to their organs. Who know, we might need do draft legal documents for it.
The number of people who died last year in the UK and their organs were donated is 1,212 and those on the waiting list for transplant are 7,300. This means many people have no chance at all.
The Organ Donor Register has 19,5 million people but the organs of most of them will die in such a way which will make their organs unusable.
According to NHSBT the number of those waiting for transplantations will most probably increase for the future.
Singapore and Israel use a system after which registered organ donors are given priority on the waiting list. UK also considers such a strategy as a way to increase the number of organs being donated.
Last week Welsh voted a system after which deceased people will automatically donate their organs unless while alive they have chosen not to.
“When a family says no to donation it means someone’s hopes of a life-saving transplant are dashed,” said Dr Paul Murphy, from NHSBT. “They need to understand the consequences of refusal.”
In the view of Sally Johnson, also from NHSBT people did not have to burry their organs in case they could save somebody else’s life.