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Emergency nurses expected to help ensure organ donation opt-out succeeds

NHS Blood and Transplant will need the help of front-line staff after change to legislation
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NHS Blood and Transplant will need the help of front-line staff after change to legislation

The government in England has set out its plan for an opt-out system for organ donation.

If parliament votes in favour of the legislation in the autumn, the plan will come into force in 2020.

Under the new rules, children, individuals who lack mental capacity to understand the changes and people who have not lived in England for at least 12 months before their deaths will be excluded.

The move follows the introduction of similar legislation in Wales, in 2015. Scotland has also promised to introduce an opt-out law and Northern Ireland has expressed an interest.

NHS Blood and Transplant interim director, organ donation and transplantation, Anthony Clarkson says nurses in emergency and intensive care settings have a crucial role to play in

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