The new legislation will mean that anyone in Wales who does not wish to donate their organs upon death, will need to sign an ‘opt-out’ register.
The BBC Wales Politics show has been informed that the planned system will be ‘soft’, meaning that family members will still be consulted after a person’s death.
Currently in Wales, as in England, people who wish to donate one or more organs are required to join the NHS organ donor register and specify which organs they would like to donate.
Whereas supporters of the proposed plans believe it will help save lives, opponents believe it will kill off trust in the health care system.
Presumed consent may have a negative impact on people who want to feel good about their decision to help save lives. The legislation is in effect a claim over an individual’s own body – an automatic right of ownership that many people will not feel comfortable with.
Roy Thomas, chairman of the Kidney Wales Foundation, says the new plans: “will solve a lot of issues for people who are waiting for a transplant. We are losing one person each week here in Wales and that’s a huge amount of people who are dying and we need to give them hope.”
Presumed donation is thought to increase the number of organs available for transplantation by up to 30%.
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