Organs: Donors

Health written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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Photo of Glyn Davies Glyn Davies Conservative, Montgomeryshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what discussions he has had with the Welsh Government on proposals to introduce presumed consent into the organ donation system in Wales.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

On 12 July 2011, the Welsh Government made clear to the Government its intention to proceed with proposals to introduce an opt-out system for organ donation in Wales. Since then, the Department has been involved in discussions with the Welsh Government at ministerial and official level. It should be noted that the independent Organ Donation Taskforce examined the case for moving to an opt-out system in 2008. They recommended against it.

On 18 June, the Welsh Government published for consultation its draft Assembly Bill and explanatory memorandum seeking to introduce an opt-out system for organ donation in Wales. We are studying the Welsh Government’s proposals carefully.

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