Elizabeth Buggins, chair of the UK Organ Donation Taskforce, reported that the number of deceased donors reached 1,212 last year, and their organs transformed the lives of 3,100 recipients. However, 125 families over-ruled the wishes of their relatives in 2011-12 and refused to allow the donation.
The solid organs of a deceased donor can help nearly eight recipients and tissues can help many more patients.
Ms Buggins says that health professionals are always supportive of the family of the deceased and do not force the relatives to allow them to fulfill the organ donation wishes of deceased.
With shortage of suitable donors, much needs to be done to increase the number of donors and to make sure that relatives do not over-rule the decisions of a deceased.