I have long thought an opt-out system is a good idea. For the majority of people who are not on the organ donor list, it is simply a matter of not having gotten around to it, rather than actively not wishing to take part in the scheme.
An automatic opt-in system, with the ability for family to have the final say, is likely to lead to a far greater number of organ donations.
If you feel strongly about not donating your organs, you can still choose to opt out. People who feel strongly about not donating, whatever their reason might be, are far more likely to take the necessary steps than the apathetic majority in the current system.
A consultation on introducing an optout system for organ donation is to be held in England, ministers say. Currently anyone who wants to donate their organs after death has to "opt in" through the donor card scheme. But a new system, whereby it will be presumed an adult's body can be used in transplants in the absence of express permission, will now be considered. Wales has already introduced an optout system, while Scotland has said it will be following suit. The Welsh system - introduced in 2015 - is known as a soft optout, so if the individual's family objects, the removal of their organs does not take place. In June, Scotland said it would be introducing a similar system, known as presumed consent. It came after a government consultation found 82% of people were in favour.