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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Half of organ transplants from deemed consent after new law

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More than half of organs transplanted since a new system came into effect were from people whose consent was deemed.

Since December 2015, unless somebody in Wales registers to opt out, their organs are donated after they die.

Figures show that in six months to 31 May, a total of 60 organs were transplanted – 32 organs from people whose consent was deemed.

Of the 31 people donating organs, 10 were because of the new system.

The “landmark” system has saved dozens of lives since its implementation, cabinet secretary Vaughan Gething will tell assembly members on Tuesday.

Under what is known as soft opt out or deemed consent, people who are 18 or over, have lived in Wales for more than 12 months and die in Wales, will be regarded as having consented unless they register otherwise. Continue reading
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