An NHS sign is seen at St Thomas' Hospital in central London, Britain May 12, 2017.
UUP health spokesman Roy Beggs MLA yesterday welcomed the announcement from the Government that a new system for organ donation will be in place across England by 2020.
Under-18s, people with limited mental capacity and others who have not lived in England for at least a year prior to their death will be exempt from the scheme.
Currently, Wales already operates such a system, Scotland is looking to introduce a similar scheme, and Northern Ireland is also considering it.More news: Michael Steele: Trump’s LeBron Tweet ‘Is Nothing Short of Racist’
There are roughly 5,100 people on the waiting list in England and the government estimates that the new system has the potential to save 700 extra lives a year.
Anyone can join the NHS Organ Donor Register, age and medical conditions are not necessarily a barrier to donation.
China has recorded 18,433 voluntary organ donors who donated 52,213 organs from 2010 to mid-July this year, Zheng Shusen, Vice President of the Chinese Medical Doctor Association, said.
"We want to make it much easier for people to record and share their decision with friends, families and to NHS staff so that they can be confident their wishes - whether or not they choose to donate - will always be respected", said Doyle-Price.More news: Was Kris Jenner Responsible For The Kardashian Family Feud?
Recognising that the 700 additional organs would be available every year under the new system by virtue of being taken by the deceased who may not have expressed a wish to donate when alive, Dr Benn observed that "There is something lost [in this system]".
The legislation was subsequently introduced past year, and will return to the House of Commons in the autumn to be voted on.
She added the new system would involve a "soft opt-out", where families could override the presumption in favour of donation if they strongly believed their dead relative would not have wanted it. I want to encourage people who wish to give life in the event of their death to take the time to record their wishes and discuss it with their family.
Simon Gillespie, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, said introducing an opt-out system in England would reflect the views of the general public better.More news: 'I thought it was a doll': Baby found floating in river dies
The country began a voluntary organ donation trial in 2010 and promoted the practice across the country in 2013.