Presumed consent organ donation in Wales starts in 2015

By Richard Morgan-ITV &BBC
Published on July 6, 2014

 

A major change put forth in a bill aimed at getting more transplant organs for people who desperately need them finally became Welsh law today.

The First Minister said it was the most significant legislation ever passed by the Assembly – and the Health Minister claimed that it was a momentous day.

Presumed consent organ donation in Wales starts on December 1, 2015.

Wales has become the first country in the UK to introduce a system of presumed consent for organ donation. The new system won’t be implemented for another two years so that information can be discussed with the public.

The Kidney Wales Foundation’s Roy J.Thomas commented:
“It has been a long journey and it is very good law. It received proper consultation and first class scrutiny all the way through.
It gives hope to all those waiting for a transplant, not only those on the list but those who fear chronic organ failure and who may need a transplant.

I am proud that we were at the forefront of making our views known and we thank all those involved from all political parties and especially the Bill Team and the Government for getting us through over the line.

The debate was detailed and produced an Act which the Assembly and Wales can be proud and will now be a marker for other parts of the UK

“This is a momentous day in the history of the Welsh Government and I am proud to have been the Health Minister in post when this seminal piece of legislation came into being. Although we celebrate the commencement of the Act today, it is important to remember the new system will not come into force until 1st December 2015, following a two year public information campaign.”-Health Minister Mark Drakeford

During this two year campaign, people will be given plenty of information on how the new system works and what their choices are.

Even today though people can help others by ensuring their loved ones know their wishes about organ donation and I would encourage everyone to have that conversation.

 
Currently, people across the UK join a voluntary scheme and carry a card if they wish to donate organs.

A two-year information campaign is planned in Wales, to ensure everyone is aware of the changes.

The act is called The Human Transplantation (Wales) Act.

First Minister Carwyn Jones said “This law will not only help reduce the waiting list, but will also help save lives by reducing the number of people who needlessly die waiting for an organ transplant.”

The Welsh government hopes to raise transplant rates by 25%.

As happens now, organs could go to recipients anywhere in the UK, not just in Wales.

“Even today, though, people can help others by ensuring their loved ones know their wishes about organ donation and I would encourage everyone to have that conversation.”

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