You can’t ask me that: Are you on the donor register?

Screen Shot 2018-11-19 at 09.51.42Are you on the donor register? Like all questions to do with death, it’s not one that leads to an easy conversation. According to NHS Blood and Transplant, recent surveys show that while as many of 80 per cent of us agree with organ donation, only 33 per cent of us have actually told our families. We imagine we don’t need to have the discussion. If we’re on the register, our wishes will be upheld, right? Not necessarily.

Professor Roy J Thomas of the Centre for Life Ethics and Organ Donation at Swansea University explains: “Family refusals are the biggest barrier to organ donation even when a person has registered as an organ donor.”

There are more than 6,000 people in the UK waiting for a donation right now. And yet…

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