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Call for donor revision.

THE chief medical officer is today expected to call for everyone to be treated as organ donors after death unless they explicitly choose to opt out of the scheme.

It is believed Sir Liam Donaldson will use the unveiling of his annual report on the nation's health to press the case for such a change in the law on organ donation.

It was reported that he thinks the organ shortage in Britain is so dire that there should be a system that presumes patients' consent to donate.

People wanting to opt out would have to register in a reverse of the current system which asks those willing to donate their organs to carry cards, according to the paper.

It said Donaldson would probably favour a ''soft'' option which would take the views of a victim's family into account.

Figures released earlier this year showed waiting lists for organ transplants had hit an all-time high with a total of 7,234.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 17, 2007
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