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Proposed changes to the laws on organ donation are being debated as campaigners urge action for those awaiting life-saving transplants. MPs will consider changing the rules on consent so people would expressly have to "opt out" if they did not want their organs used after their death. At the moment, organs can only be used if explicit approval is given. There are 25 million people on the organ donation register but 6,500 patients are waiting for a transplant. The UK government, which supports the principle of Labour MP Geoffrey Robinson's private members' bill, is consulting on introducing an opt-out system, which is already in place in Wales. -. Organ donations rising across the UK. -. 'UK should follow Wales' lead on organ donation' Full story

23 February