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New Welsh Law Means All Adults Become Donors
This momentous development replaces the current 'opt-in' system where adults must register to become donors. While some religious groups have criticised the decision, health officials argue that it will save hundreds of lives.
Health Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford said, "The latest figures show 14 people died last year in Wales while waiting for a transplant. The change to a soft opt-out system for organ donation will deliver a revolution in consent. Organ donation saves lives; increasing the rate of organ donation allows us to save more lives. That's the key motivation for this significant change."
Organs including kidneys, heart, liver, lungs and pancreas, could be donated to patients on waiting lists across the UK.
According to recent figures, 1,000 people in the UK die every year while on the organ transplant waiting list, including eight children. The British Heart Foundation is among those welcoming the new law in Wales and encouraging the rest of the United Kingdom to follow suit.
Chief executive of the British Heart Foundation, Simon Gillespie said "Sadly hundreds of people die every year waiting for a transplant because there is a desperate shortage of organ donors. Other European countries that already use an opt-out system have much higher donor rates than the UK. We campaigned strongly in Wales to introduce soft opt-out and now it's time for the rest of the UK to follow their lead."
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