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More than 100,000 Havering residents to be added to the organ donor register under new law

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 February 2020

The government has announced that, subject to parliamentary approval, the law change relating to organ donation will come into effect on the May 20. Picture: PA Images/Clive Gee

The government has announced that, subject to parliamentary approval, the law change relating to organ donation will come into effect on the May 20. Picture: PA Images/Clive Gee

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On Tuesday, it was announced a law will be implemented that will see everyone automatically registered as organ donors.

It will mean that all adults across the UK will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die, unless they record a decision not to donate, what is known as "opt out", or are in one of the excluded groups.

If approved in parliament, Max and Keira's Law will come into effect on May 20.

Even after the law changes, families will be consulted before any organ or tissue donation goes ahead and NHS Blood and transplant specialist nurses will continue to support families about their family member's decision.

In Havering, there are 70,007 registered on the NHS organ donor register as of January 5 2020, which is a mere 27 per cent of the borough's 257,000.

This means that approximately 187,993 of those of eligible to donate organs will be put on the register as of May this year.

In the borough in the last year, six people on the register died and as a result 14 organs were transplanted.

At present there are 26 people waiting for transplants.

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In neighbouring Redbridge, 60,962, (20pc) people are registered out of the 303,000 population.

Eight people donated their organs after death resulting in a substantial 36 successful translants,

Currently there are 37 people on the transplant waiting list there.

In Newham, one of London most populous boroughs, an even smaller amount are currently registered - just 16 per cent.

The latest NHS Blood and Transplant awareness survey, carried out last month, showed that 62pc of the population aged 16 years or over in England are aware that the law around organ donation will be changing.

This has risen from the baseline of 46pc recorded prior to the launch of the law change awareness campaign, 'Pass it on', which officially launched in April 2019.

Laura Beattie is one of 6,000 people across the UK still waiting for a transplant. Laura, 31, from Manchester, has cystic fibrosis and has been waiting for a lung transplant since August 2018.

She said: "There are always mixed emotions, especially depending on how you feel on each day.

"It is always in the back of my mind and sometimes it does come to the forefront. I always have to have my phone on me and have it on loud as I don't know when the call is coming."


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