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15 people die every year waiting for a donor

By Victoria O'Hara

Around 200 people in Northern Ireland are on the transplant waiting list and around 15 people die each year waiting for an organ.

More than two-thirds of people here are not on the organ donor register.

A report by the Public Health Agency revealed that around 56% of people favour changing to a presumed consent system.

A Private Member's Bill is currently going through Stormont which will change legislation to improve the levels of organ donation.

UUP MLA Jo-Anne Dobson favours a 'soft opt-out' approach which will be introduced in Wales in 2015.

Under this, people give their consent for donation unless they indicate their objection, although there is a safeguard that families would still have the final say.

DUP MLA Alastair Ross has launched his own Private Member's Bill. He wants an 'opt-in system' via drivers' licences.

Figures show there have been 3,450 new Northern Ireland residents on the organ donor register since February 11.

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