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Should Wales become the first UK country to introduce a system of presumed organ donation?

60% (24 votes)
40% (16 votes)
Total votes: 40



There have been cases here in Oz where they have taken organs from bodies without the consent of the deceased's family. I feel that if this was voted in there would be a free for all for organs and there could even develop a Black Market for organs where money would be offered. It is happening in India today so people with money could survive at the expence of the poor.

Where have I heard that before. ????????


Cases like in Australia and other countries where organs have been taken without consent of deceased's family, is really awful!! I was with our son Rob just before he died, and was asked if I would like to donate his organs. Unfortunately, Rob died of cardiomyopathy so his heart was no good anyway. When I explained that Rob had been an alcoholic, the hospital said they wouldn't bother!! With Chris our other son, we would have donated his organs, and I'm sure Chris would have wanted that. Unfortunately, his body was left too long so again organs could not be used!! As far as I'm concerned, if there is anything any good after I'm dead, whoever wants it can have it!!

Steve B.
If you are ever in need of a new organ I am sure you would only be to pleased to accept a donation !

Public meetings on organ donation to take place [News Source: Welsh Government]
18 November 2011, Welsh Government

Public meetings are to be held across the country to gather views from people on whether Wales should become the first UK country to introduce an “opt-out” system of organ donation to increase the number of organ donors.
On average, one person a week in Wales dies while waiting for a suitable donor and around 300 people are currently waiting for an organ transplant.
The Welsh Government wants to make more organs and tissues available for transplantation and is currently holding a series of public meetings across the country on its plans, set out in a consultation white paper launched on 8th November, to change the system of organ donation in Wales.
Events will be held in Aberavon, Aberystwyth, Bangor, Barry, Cardiff, Clynderwen, Cwmbran, Llandrindod Wells, Merthyr Tydfil and Wrexham during November and December.
The meetings are being organised by local Community Health Councils. Those interested in attending should contact the Board of Community Health Councils on 0845 644 7814 or via e-mail
The Health Minister Lesley Griffiths said:

"The shortage of organs and tissues continues to cause unnecessary deaths and suffering, both to patients waiting for a transplant and their families.
“The Welsh Government believes this legislation will go a long way to increasing the number of organs and tissues available.
“When people die, donation of their organs and tissues is often possible but currently does not happen, not because they did not wish to donate, but because they never got round to joining the organ donor register.
“Upon legislation being approved, however, people will be given time to opt-out if they so wish and families will still be involved in the donation process.
“A soft opt-out system will not change the way patients are cared for, including the medical treatment they will receive, up to and including the time of death. Neither will it change the way in which death is confirmed as there are very clear and strict standards and procedures for confirming death.
“Introducing a soft opt-out system will mean people are more likely to make decisions about donation during their lifetime and to have discussed their wishes with their family.”

Consultation on the proposals outlined in the White Paper closes on 31 January 2012.