Tuesday, June 14, 2016

New deemed consent transplant system saving more lives

The Evening Times is campaigning for an opt-out system in Scotland

A NEW  system of deemed consent in Wales is saving the lives of more transplant patients, figures show.

A total of 31 deceased people donated their organs from December 1 2015 to May 31 this year, compared to 23 for the same period in 2014-15.
Labour said the figures showed that the decision to reject a bill calling for the same change in Scotland had been a “missed opportunity.”
Of the 60 organs transplanted in the six months since the opt-out system was introduced in Wales, more than half (32) came from individuals whose consent was deemed.
The Welsh government described the figures as “very encouraging" and the British Medical Association urged Scottish ministers to "take note."
The Evening Times has led a five-year campaign calling on the Scottish Government to introduce an opt-out system, which is designed to make it easier for people to become organ donors.
It allows people who want to be a donor to either register a decision to opt in or do nothing, whereby consent will be deemed.
Earlier this year, a bill led by former Labour MSP Anne McTaggart was rejected by the SNP Government. Continue reading
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