While you think it should be a given, it patently isn’t. An opt in system requires money to maintain a good awareness campaign that reaps all the wider benefits of opt in, unfortunately successive governments have failed to fund it properly. An opt out scheme is cheaper and loses those benefits, but will result in a slight increase in organ transplant rates. It won’t be long before opt out is seen as socially unacceptable, rather than opt in being seen as socially acceptable.
Perhaps we should just change the law to say that only those who opt in can receive an organ transplant.
Just musing, I shall wait to see the details of the consultation paper, in particular the protections built in and the ability of the family to refuse if opt in has been assumed. The latter is a part of the Welsh and Scottish system.
I assume ours will be similar. The schemes in Scotland and Wales still retain an opt in database, the families objections are ignored if the deceased has opted in, even under an opt out scheme.