'You can’t take your organs with you': Harris to bring in opt-out system next year

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“Donating your organs is the most selfless act that anybody can actually do.”

Health Minister Simon Harris
SIMON HARRIS HAS said he hopes an opt-out organ donation system will be in place in Ireland next year.

The Health Minister was speaking at the opening of Organ Donation and Transplant Ireland’s (ODTI) new headquarters on Temple Street in Dublin city.

Harris told reporters at the event: ”Donating your organs is the most selfless act that anybody can actually do. I’ve met some parents here today who, when their child passed away, donated their child’s organs which benefitted five other families. It really is the gift of life.

“We have a lot of work to do, and the area that I want to see progressed is the Human Tissue Bill. I’d like to move to an opt-out system, where people have an opportunity to have given presumed consent – useless you actually opt out, it’s presumed you would like your organs to be donated. Continue reading
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