New system of consent for organ and tissue donation announced

China reports 18,400 voluntary organ donors by July

The move would bring England in line with Wales, which has had an opt-out system in place since 2015, and Scotland which also plans to introduce a similar scheme.

The law change follows a consultation previous year which showed the public are overwhelmingly in favour of organ donation, but only a minority have registered as organ donors.

The proposed new system is expected to come into effect in England in spring 2020 as part of a drive to help people waiting for a life-saving transplant.

Our health and social care correspondent Victoria Macdonald has been to the Transplant Games in Birmingham - to find out how organ donations are transforming lives.

Hannah told Maajid that she was someone that "would have liked to have thought that when I die, I die whole, and everything is with me".

"Having lost a younger brother myself, I wanted them to know that I could empathise", he said.

Research shows that 82% of people in England are in favour of organ donation, but just 37% have recorded their wishes on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

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"We believe that by making these changes, we can save as many as 700 more lives every year", said Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities.

"We want to continue to see ongoing engagement with the wider BAME and faith communities to ensure that the new system is fully understood and everyone can make an informed decision".

China has recorded 18,433 voluntary organ donors who donated 52,213 organs from 2010 to mid-July this year, Zheng Shusen, Vice President of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association, said. "Of course, the reason why the government have shifted from the opt-in to the opt-out position is to increase donations - which is a good thing, but done in a way which is at risk of being done by slight of hand".

Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said introducing an opt-out system in England would reflect the views of the general public better.

Organ donation is a personal choice and faith plays a major role in their decision.

This opt-out system, opposite to the current opt-in system, will mean everyone is considered a willing organ donor unless they have explicitly recorded a wish not to be.

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