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Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has welcomed plans to introduce a system of deemed consent for organ donation in England.

First published:
26 February 2019
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This was published under the 2016 to 2021 administration of the Welsh Government

Legislation to introduce an opt-out system of consent to organ donation in England is set to be passed in the House of Lords today (26 February), following Wales’ lead to introduce a similar law in 2015.

“I am delighted that England are following our lead in introducing an opt-out system for organ donation,” Mr Gething said.

“The benefits of such a system are clear to see. We were the first UK nation to take this bold step and three years on from that momentous decision, organ donation consent rates in Wales are now the highest in the UK at 75%.”

The Minister added: 

“I firmly believe we made the right decision on deemed consent for organ donation. The new system has led to a cultural change here in Wales, with more families asking about organ donation and becoming aware of their loved ones decision. The more organs that are available for people on transplant waiting lists, the better the chance of someone’s life being saved or extended.

"Here in Wales the success of the new system has been achieved through the support of the Welsh population and our healthcare professionals. I thank them all for their support over the last three years and thank all of those who have given the invaluable, potentially life-saving gift of an organ.”