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Letter: Donor organs

Date published: 27 February 2018


Dear Editor,

It is obviously a terrible tragedy that people die through a lack of donor organs, but I firmly do not believe that the law in England should be changed from opting in to opting out.

https://www.rochdaleonline.co.uk/news-features/2/news-headlines/116381/74pc-of-people-in-the-north-west-say-they-would-support-changing-the-law-for-organ-donation

Yes, there is plainly a need for more donor organs but for the State to presume to take a citizen’s organs without explicit permission is wrong. They do not belong to the State in life and should not do so in death.

An opt-out system was introduced in Wales in 2015 and this actually led to a drop in deceased donors so why is it thought such a system will work any better in England?

It is estimated that moving to a system whereby citizens have to opt out will bring an extra 100 donors a year but I think in our liberal society we should retain the existing system but devote much more effort to encouraging people to carry donor cards. It should be a matter of conscience not diktat.

Yours,

Paul Nuttall

North West MEP

UK Independence Party

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