Organ donation in the United Kingdom

Cornock, Marc (2020). Organ donation in the United Kingdom. Orthopaedic & Trauma Times (In press).

Abstract

On Wednesday 20th May 2020 England joined Wales in moving to an opt out system of organ donation from an opt in system in the United Kingdom. This article will discuss organ donation in the United Kingdom, considering the need for and supply of organs for donation. It will examine the various types of system that exist for the supply of organs for donation and the legislation that exists in the United Kingdom governing organ donation and why the law in England has changed. It will outline the system that exists in each of the four countries of the United Kingdom and any expected changes to the laws in those countries.

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