Jo asks: is it time for an opt-out organ donation register?

Jo’s latest e-consultation response has shown a high level of public support for an opt-out system for organ donation.

With only 28% of the population on the Organ Donor Register, respondents considered whether we should change to an opt-out donation system.

Jo has previously joined Milngavie resident and Cystic Fibrosis sufferer Jacqueline Didsbury in calling for raised awareness of the shortage of organ donors in the UK, after Jacqueline received a double lung transplant in April 2008.

More than two thirds of those polled were in favour of switching to an opt-out system: 67% of those polled said they were in favour, and 33% were against. Respondents argued that the switch to an opt-out system would mean much wider availability of organs for donation. However, others maintained that the choice of whether to donate an organ must lie with the individual.

Commenting, Jo said:

“This e-consultation has again shown an interesting range of opinion, with a high level of support for the default position to be organ donation. Whether such an opt-out system becomes future policy remains to be seen, but today’s important job is to raise awareness of the thousands of patients still waiting for life-changing transplants.”

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