Do you agree with the soft opt-out sys­tem?

Back­ing for life-sav­ing trans­plants

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Mur­ray Spooner

Last week a Cam­bus­lang man wel­comed the de­ci­sion of the Scot­tish Govern­ment to in­tro­duce a soft optout sys­tem of or­gan do­na­tion.

Alan Docherty was di­ag­nosed with IgA nephropa­thy in his early 20s and was saved by a kid­ney trans­plant.

Just weeks af­ter his op­er­a­tion, Alan backed leg­is­la­tion pro­posed by Labour MSP Anne McTag­gart for an opt-out sys­tem which would al­low parts of an adult’s body to be used in trans­plants in the ab­sence of ex­press per­mis­sion.

Many res­i­dents also agreed with the de­ci­sion when we went out to speak to our read­ers on the street.

Les­ley White, of Burn­side, said: “I think the opt-out is a good thing. I opted in years ago but peo­ple might have wanted to do it and never got round to it. It’s a good thing if it helps some­one else.”

Kirkhill’s Jim Fisher said: “I’m all for it. You won’t need them, so why don’t you give some­one the chance of life with your heart or other bits and pieces?

“Any num­ber of peo­ple can say they will get a card but have still not filled in the form.” Mark Devine, who stays in Ruther­glen agreed. “It’s a fan­tas­tic idea,” he said. “It will save more lives. It will be good be­cause it gives peo­ple the op­tion to opt out and every­one is now sub­scribed to it.”

El­iz­a­beth Mur­ray from East­field, added: “It’s giv­ing more peo­ple the chance to help oth­ers.”

Why don’t you give some­one the chance of life with your heart or other or­gans? Jim Fisher

Fan­tas­tic idea Mark Devine

Help­ing oth­ers El­iz­a­beth Mur­ray

Good thing Les­ley White

All for it Jim Fisher

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