Opt-out do­na­tion sys­tem is a wel­come step

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

“You never think it is going to hap­pen to you.”

As a jour­nal­ist, th­ese are words you hear a lot. Peo­ple of­ten be­lieve bad news is some­thing that af­fects oth­ers.

That was the case with Alan Docherty, at least un­til he was di­ag­nosed with a se­vere kid­ney prob­lem in his early 20s.

Three years ago Alan had to un­dergo a kid­ney trans­plant. At the time he paid an emo­tional trib­ute through the pages of the Re­former to the per­son whose kid­ney he has re­ceived.

It is al­ways sad when a loved one dies, but who­ever that per­son was, they were able to give Alan the gift of life through the do­na­tion of their or­gan.

At the time, Alan called for an optout sys­tem of or­gan do­na­tion to be in­tro­duced in Scot­land and last week the first steps were taken to make that a re­al­ity when the Scottish Gov­ern­ment an­nounced it would in­tro­duce leg­is­la­tion to that ef­fect.

It is dif­fi­cult to think of a down­side to an opt-out sys­tem. Peo­ple will still have their wishes re­spected while fam­i­lies will be in­volved.

Hope­fully it will have the de­sired af­fect and more lives, such as Alan’s, can be trans­formed. See what he had to say on pages four and five.

Else­where this week, Ruther­glen Po­lice have an­nounced they will give ex­tra at­ten­tion to known crime hotspots over the sum­mer hol­i­days.

An­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour is prob­a­bly in the top three big­gest lo­cal con­cerns of every­one in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, and in­deed com­mu­ni­ties all over the coun­try.

Po­lice will be hop­ing their pres­ence means a quiet sum­mer, but still one which is en­joy­able for our chil­dren and teenagers. Read the full story on page seven.

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