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Facebook joins organ donation push

1st May 2012

The health service and the social network website Facebook are collaborating in an effort to get more people to sign up to the organ donation register.


The NHS said three deaths every day were caused by people waiting for an organ transplant and around 10,000 people in the UK were on the waiting list to receive a transplant.

NHS Blood and Transplant said only around 50% of people informed their relatives that they wanted to donate organs after they died.

The health service said that if someone had signed up to the register it meant that they had the legal right to use their organs.

However, if a person's relatives were unhappy with the idea then the organs were not removed.

The new collaboration will allow people to state they wish to be an organ donor as part of their Facebook timeline.

NHS Blood and Transplant said this was an "exciting new way" to get people to commit to organ donation.

Sally Johnson of NHS Blood and Transplant said: "We need more people to sign up to the register and share their wishes with their friends and family, our job is to make that as quick and easy as possible."

"This is an exciting new way to use the power of social media to reach a huge audience and encourage people to think about it, act, and share that information." 


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