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New organ donor bill to in force by 2016 – 1 November 2013

More than 80% of respondents to consultation on organ donation changes would support a new opt-out system, an assembly member has said.

The change would require people to opt out of donation rather than opt in.

Currently people commit by signing a donor card but this system means that two out of three people are not registered.

Assembly member Jo-Anne Dobson, who supports an opt-out system, said 82.42% of the 1,366 respondents backed it.

Among them were several charities, political parties and local councils. More than 1,300 of the response came from members of the public.

In all, 82.69% of people who responded supported a change to the current law.

The proposed changes would continue to consider the wishes of the family and safeguard children and young people under 18, those who do not have the capacity to consent, those who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland and those whose identity is unknown.