§ Ms Rosie Winterton
Government policy on organ donation is one of informed consent, not presumed consent (opt out). The Government have been reviewing the law on the removal, retention and use of human tissues and organs and tissues. A report on the responses on the consultation document 'Human Bodies, Human Choices' was published in April 2003. New legislation will be introduced when parliamentary time allows.
"Saving Lives, Valuing Donors—A Transplant Framework for England", was published on 7 July 2003. It sets out key aims for organ and tissue transplantation over the next 10 years. This framework identifies the part that the Government, individuals, the national health service and other stakeholders can play in:Encouraging people to donate organs and tissuesRaising the quality and effectiveness of transplant servicesImproving the clinical outcomes and quality of life of people who receive the gift of an organ or tissueIncreasing the supply of viable organs and tissues for transplantationAccrediting tissue banks to ensure high-quality tissues for transplantation.
Its aims include encouraging the NHS and others to play their part in ensuring that at least 16 million people are registered on the NHS Organ Donor Register by 2010.