Scots not registered as organ donors could be refused transplants

Glasgow Evening Times | Caroline Wilson

Anne McTaggart MSP

SCOTS who are not registered as organ donors could be refused a transplant under plans being considered by the government.

Maureen Watt, Minister for Public Health, told a panel of MSPs yesterday that the government is “not convinced” that a bill to introduce presumed consent in Scotland, similar to Welsh legislation, will lead to higher donation rates.

But it emerged the government is considering highly controversial tactics to help drive up declining donation rates such as refusing organs to people who are not on the national register.

A government official told a meeting of the Health and Sport Committee that the “controversial” measure coudl be among those under consideration. Continue reading