Opt-out organ donation will save lives say physicians


Anne McTaggart MSP. Picture: Jon Savage

The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE) has said that a proposal to introduce an opt-out system for organ donation in Scotland could lead to “increased rates of deceased organ donation”.

Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has lodged her Transplantation (Authorisation of Removal of Organs) Scotland Bill at Holyrood, which proposes to introduce a soft opt-out system where everyone would be considered a donor by default.

The current system requires people to join the NHS Organ Donation Register.

Under the new system, the family of the deceased will be asked if they had expressed any objections to donation during their lifetime.

The college said the proposed shake-up would “make a small but real difference to the number of organs donated in Scotland”. Continue reading