Support for NHSBT Organ Donation in 2019 & Law Change in 2020:
Further to LTB 475/18, as you may know, legislation to change the law around organ donation in England has passed through the Parliamentary process and the changes will come into effect from spring 2020. It is hoped that these changes will lead to more donors going on to save more lives. NHSBT (NHS Blood & Transplant) has written to us asking the CWU to help to make sure everyone understands what the change means to them.
Organ Donor Law Set To Change by 2020:
Following the announcement last year, the Law is set to change in England in 2020. A new opt-out system for organ donation will be in place by 2020 in England, as approved by the UK Parliament and under the plans, adults will be presumed to be organ donors unless they have specifically recorded their decision not to be and have opted out – rather than the current system where people have to opt in. The UK Government says this will save around 800 lives each year.
NHSBT Public Information Campaign To Launch in April 2019
In April 2019 NHSBT will launch a public information campaign to tell people that the law is changing and to explain that from spring 2020 everybody over 18 will be considered as a potential donor unless they ‘opt out’ or are in an excluded group.
NHSBT will be encouraging people to choose whether they want to donate their organs when they die, to record their decision and share it with their family. If they decide they don’t want to donate, they will need to register their decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register.
NHSBT has expressed their gratitude to the CWU for our Union’s valued support of previous organ donation campaigns, and we are more than happy to support the communication of this forthcoming change.
NHSBT are developing a partner toolkit that will be available for use from mid–April which the Health, Safety & Environment Department will utilise.
Further reports will be published in due course.
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer