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Opt-out plan will allow children to express their wishes on organ donation

The government’s plans for an organ donation opt-out system could come into force in 2020
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The government’s plans for an organ donation opt-out system could come into force in 2020

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

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

But the new rules will cover ony adults – not people aged under 18 – although children will still be able to express a wish to become an organ donor.

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

Prejudice

RCN children and young people acute care forum member and consultant editor of Nursing Children and Young People Doreen Crawford says introduction of an opt-out law

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