Thursday, September 24, 2015

Majority of Scots back automatic organ donor register

Evening Times | Caroline Wilson

THE majority of Scots would be back a move to an automatic organ donor register to help save more lives, according to new research.

A online poll found that 55% were in favour of a move to a 'soft' opt-out system, where consent is assumed unless individuals register an objection.

Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart is driving forward a bill calling for the change on the back of the Evening Times' Opt for Life campaign.

More than 500 people are currently waiting for a transplant in Scotland.

Figures released earlier this year shows that donation rates fell by 3% in Scotland, with 5% less people receiving a transplant.

Major charities including the British Heart Foundation believe the change has the potential to increase the number of life-saving transplants carried out.

An online poll carried out by the Evening Times showed that 55% of readers were in favour, with 45% against. A total of 535 readers took part.Continue reading

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