By Chloe Tomkins
New figures have revealed that over the last 10 years more than 100 people in Merseyside have died while waiting for an organ transplant.
The statistics, from NHS Blood and Transplant, show that 108 deaths have been recorded in the region between the period of 2007/08 and 2016/17 of people who were on either the active or suspended transplant list. In England, at the beginning of 2018, there were 5,500 patients needing an organ transplant and only 2,579 currently able to donate.
MPs are set to vote on a bill to change the donation laws to an ‘opt-out’ system, which has been adopted by 24 European countries such as Spain, Austria and Belgium. Wales are also using the opt-out system. As of December 2015, if Welsh citizens had not recorded any organ donation decision, they will be treated as having no objection to donating any of their organs. Scotland are also set to follow this system.
At present in England, people have to opt in to become a donor after their death.