Around 65% of British people say they are prepared to donate an organ after their death – but only some 27% are registered donors. Around 1,000 people every year die for want of transplant surgery. While the number of registered donors has more than doubled in recent years, from 8 million in 2001 to 16.45 million today, the increase has not kept pace with lengthening waiting lists.
Britain has one of the lowest Doner rates in Europe, but one change – the move to "presumed consent" could change everything. Instead of relying on people to volunteer, registration would be automatic, but with an easy opt-out where families would still be entitled to prior consultation, and have a right to refuse.
Frank Deasy explains how a system in crisis could be transformed if more of us registered for organ donation
Like Frank I have a primary liver tumour and my liver is in a chronic state. I shall be asking on Thursday - at last - why I am not on the list yet or whether that will never happen. Imagine if i make the list and I die before a suitable donor is found?
There are 8,067 patients on the transplant waiting list: 6,974 need a new kidney, 380 need a liver, 279 need a kidney and pancreas, 240 need a lung or pair of lungs and 105 need a heart.
For more information or to sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register, call the 24-hour donor helpline on 0300 1232323, or visit organdonation.nhs.uk
I rolled briefly on Thursday with Ben El Legendo Randall who's just reached the young age of 40! However I've been knocked out most of the weekend feeling sick and I can feel an inflamed liver.