Do you support an ‘opt-out’ organ donation system?

MPs will debate on whether to adopt an 'opt-out' organ donation system. Picture: NHS BLOOD AND TRANS

MPs will debate on whether to adopt an 'opt-out' organ donation system. Picture: NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT - Credit: NHS BLOOD AND TRANSPLANT

A debate will be held in the House on Commons this week on whether England should adopt an ‘opt-out’ organ donation system.

MPs will have a chance to give their opinions on the private member’s bill for the first time on Friday and will vote on whether to take it forward to the next stage.

The new so-called presumed consent system would mean people will have to opt-out if they do not want to donate their organs once they die.

British Heart Foundation has surveyed 2,000 people on the proposal and 71% of those questioned from East Anglia are in support of making the change.

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The charity is also urging people in the region to write to their local MP to encourage them to attend the debate and make their opinions heard.

NHS Blood and Transplant figures show nearly 6,300 people are currently on the UK organ transplant waiting list.

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Statistics also reveal nearly 500 people died last year while on the waiting list, or being taken off after becoming too unwell for transplant.

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