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Donor campaign launched in Wales

11th May 2010

A Welsh charity has begun a campaign to encourage people across Britain to support a system of organ donation where people are assumed to be donors unless they specifically opt out.


In 2009, the Welsh assembly government said people in Wales would be considered as organ donors unless they or their families objected.

The charity, Kidney Wales Foundation, has called for people in the UK to give their backing to the system.

This type of system is already in practice in Portugal and Belgium, where the number of donors is significantly higher than in the UK.

The British Medical Association has given its support to the assembly government's proposal and said that 30 deaths were caused annually in Wales because patients were waiting for donors.

Roy Thomas, chairman of Kidney Wales, stated that it was the right time for a shift in  thinking about organ donation.

"Despite decades of campaigning, only 28% of people have joined the organ donor register in the UK - yet study after study shows that most people would wish to donate their organs," he said.

"The reality is that people in the UK are dying at a rate of three per day. This switch will save lives. Wales has moved first, now we thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the UK to follow suit." 


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