For the thousands of people waiting on an organ in England and their family and friends, the news that MPs voted in favour of a change in the law towards presumed consent will be very welcome.
After many years of tireless campaigning, this is a positive step given that over the past decade, hundreds of people in the North East have died while awaiting an organ transplant.
An opt-out system will maximise the number of lives that can be saved by making it easier for those wishing to donate to do so.
Dr John Chisholm
BMA medical ethics committee chairman