Welsh government plans opt-out organ donation laws

Medical Government/ NHS related news

The Welsh Assembly Government has unveiled new plans to increase the number of organ donations that are available to the NHS in the years ahead.

A white paper has been published which calls for a radical turnaround in the basic premise of organ donation in the country, with an automatic opt-in approach to the practice becoming the norm.

Should the legislation be passed, individuals will have to opt out of the scheme if they do not wish to donate their organs upon their death - a development which could significantly help around 300 people who are currently waiting for organ donation in the country.

Health minister Lesley Griffiths said: "Repeated surveys show that the overwhelming majority of people in the UK and Wales believe in organ donation, but only one in three people in Wales have joined the organ donor register."

According to Maura Gillespie, policy and advocacy manager for the British Heart Foundation, other areas of the UK should examine these proposals, as they could prove to be the difference between life and death for many families in the future.

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