MSP wel­comes leg­is­la­tion­bid

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

Clare Haughey MSP has de­scribed the move to a soft opt-out sys­tem as“great news for our health service”.

The mem­ber for Ruther­glen backed the leg­is­la­tion, which was brought for­ward by public health min­is­ter Aileen Camp­bell last week.

A con­sul­ta­tion pe­riod be­tween De­cem­ber and March saw 82 per cent of those who con­trib­uted back­ing the plan.

Cur­rently in Scot­land, or­gan and/or tis­sue do­na­tion af­ter a per­son’s death only oc­curs if they have given ad­vance au­tho­ri­sa­tion or if their near­est rel­a­tive au­tho­rises on their be­half.

A soft opt out, or deemed au­tho­ri­sa­tion sys­tem, means that a do­na­tion can go ahead if the per­son has not opted out or told their fam­ily they do not wish to do­nate.

How­ever, fam­i­lies and next of kin can still ob­ject.

Ms Haughey said:“Today’s de­ci­sion to leg­is­late for a soft opt-out sys­tem is great news for our health service.

“With the amaz­ing help of donors and their fam­i­lies, NHS Scot­land has al­ready made great progress, in­clud­ing a 34 per cent in­crease in donors this past year alone. Scot­land now has the high­est donor rate in the UK.

“How­ever, we can do bet­ter and mov­ing to a soft opt-out sys­tem is a re­ally im­por­tant step to­wards fur­ther re­duc­ing the num­ber of peo­ple in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang wait­ing for trans­plants.

“We should al­ways keep in mind the tragic cir­cum­stances that give rise to or­gan do­na­tion and for­ever ap­pre­ci­ate the self­less acts of donors and their fam­i­lies that en­able oth­ers to live.

“Or­gan and tis­sue do­na­tion saves lives and is one of the great­est gifts a per­son can give.”

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