Organ donation law could change

Sheffield MP Clive Betts.
Sheffield MP Clive Betts.
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A Sheffield MP expects ‘increasing pressure’ for a change in the law on organ transplants in England following the move towards presumed consent in Wales.

Clive Betts, Labour MP for Sheffield South East, spoke out after meeting with representatives from the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and families.

He said: “I was pleased to be able to learn first hand about some of the issues affecting Sheffield people who have cystic fibrosis.

“It is disappointing – and, for some individuals and families, disastrous – that there is still a shortage of organs for transplant.

“Since my meeting with the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, the Welsh Assembly has resolved to move towards presumed organ donation consent in Wales as one way of significantly increasing the number of organs for transplant.

“I am sure there will be increasing pressure to move in that direction in England, unless there is a significant increase in the number of people coming forward.”

Cystic fibrosis causes repeated lung infections which reduce patients’ lung capacity.

One in three sufferers of cystic fibrosis die on the transplant waiting list.