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Sir Liam supports presumed consent

The government's chief medical officer has said that he would "love" to see a presumed consent system brought into UK organ donation.

Sir Liam Donaldson said he believed the system would reduce the number of deaths of people on the transplant waiting list.

This is despite a taskforce last year saying that assumed consent, where people have to "opt out" of donating if they are against it, would be unlikely to boost donation rates.

He said: "I would love to see presumed consent on organs. People are dying on the transplant waiting list. I believe it's a scandal.

"This prissiness about the idea of giving organs to somebody after you have died - I think it's something that's not supported by the public."

Sir Liam, who recently announced that he will leave his post in May next year, added that his other goal was to secure a minimum price for a unit of alcohol.

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