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Everyone must be an organ donor unless they opt out, says Chief Medical Officer

British citizens should be presumed willing to have their organs removed after they die and transplanted into those who need them, the Chief Medical Officer said yesterday.

In his annual report, Sir Liam Donaldson recommended moving to a system of presumed consent, in an attempt to increase the number of organs for donation. Britain lags behind many other countries - some of which already have such systems - in ensuring the availability of organs.

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