Wales first to presume organ donation consent14th July 2010
The Welsh Assembly has said that it plans to bring in a law that assumes consent to organ donation after death unless a person opts out of the system.
The law will still require medics to talk to families of the dead. The new system is the product of years spent by the Assembly consulting doctors and donors.
The Assembly must now seek approval from Westminster in order to get the law brought in.
The new law is not expected to be introduced in England, Scotland or Northern Ireland.
However in 2009 the Royal College of Surgeons started a campaign to bring in a system where people had to legally state whether or not they wanted their organs to be donated.
Assembly First Minister Carwyn Jones said that many deaths occurred while patients were waiting for an organ to become available.
He added that he hoped the introduction of the new "presumed consent" system would decrease waiting times and "needless" deaths.
He added: "This is a highly emotive subject and, to ensure we maximise the number of people who donate after death, it will be important people discuss their wishes with their family."
Welsh health minister Edwina Hart said: "We need to do more if we are to help the hundreds of people in Wales that require an organ now and in the future. I am convinced this is the best way forward and meets the wishes of the Welsh people."
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Title: Wales first to presume organ donation consent
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 15486
Date Added: 14th Jul 2010