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Wales could be first to use organ donor 'opt out'

8th November 2011

Proposals to laws in Wales could mean that relatives would not be able to prevent a dead person's organs being used in transplants if they had not opted out before they died.

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If the proposals are passed then Wales will be the first in the UK to go forward with the system.

However, the Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said she did not see a system where doctors took organs without taking into account families' wishes.

The proposed law, which is planned to be up and running by 2015, would mean people had to opt out of organ donation rather than opting into the system by joining the donation register.

The proposals will be unveiled on Tuesday morning at University Hospital of Wales's transplant unit by First Minister Carwyn Jones.

Ms Griffiths said the Welsh government thought the new laws would increase the number of available organs.

"When people die, donation of their organs and tissues is often possible but currently does not happen - not because they did not wish to donate but because they never got round to joining the organ donor register," she said.

"Repeated surveys show that the overwhelming majority of people in the UK and Wales believe in organ donation, but only one in three people in Wales have joined the organ donor register. Last year 67% of donors were not on the organ donor register. Therefore we believe creating an environment in which donation is the norm will enable more organs to be available." 

 

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Tuesday 8th November 2011 @ 22:27

I find this incredible. It has to be against human rights and the right to be buried with all your organs intact in your body. I am not against organ donation but find it incredible you will have to opt out. There should be better advertising to encourage people to register as an organ donation not to be forced through the back door. Welsh assembly government (dictatorship).

James Stoker

Wednesday 9th November 2011 @ 9:31

It's about time that this system was getting implemented! Far too many good people are dying everyday and this is the way forward. The various conservative types will attempt to scaremonger by saying this is socialism taking over or that rubbish about the state stealing your organs but it is not the case. You will ALWAYS be able to opt-out, i.e you still have choice and your family will have the last say in any case. The media and primitive people will try and dress this up as compulsory organ donation but when more people start living as a result of this system, we'll see who is against it then!

benny wilson

Wednesday 9th November 2011 @ 14:32

I agree we have to do something in order to save peoples lives, people who are dying needlessly, but to say that you will donate your organs, by not signing up to donate is wrong, we have to be more certain this is what want, why not add it into the "Census" then we can be sure the per mission is there for all to see ??


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