HEDS is part of the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) at the University of Sheffield. We undertake research, teaching, training and consultancy on all aspects of health related decision science, with a particular emphasis on health economics, HTA and evidence synthesis.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Nudge or push?

DH is consulting on the introduction of ‘opt-out’ consent for organ and tissue donation in England…..
“People who donate their organs and tissue after they die help save thousands of lives in England each year. However, 3 people die a day due to a lack of suitable organs.

Although 8 out of 10 people say they would want to donate their organs and tissue after their death, most people never register to be organ donors.

Under current rules in England, a person who has died can only be an organ donor if they have agreed to it when they were alive, usually by joining the organ donor register or telling their family. People can also 'opt out' of organ donation or choose someone to make the decision for them when they have died.

If the law changes, people will be considered willing to be an organ donor unless they have opted out. This would increase the number of organs donated and save more lives. People who do not want to donate their organs after their death would have to 'opt out'.

This consultation is to ask you what think about how the new rules could work.”
This consultation closes at 11:59pm on 6 March 2018.