Welsh Assembly considers introducing opt-out scheme for organ donation

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 14 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d273
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

Wales has moved a step closer to being the first part of the United Kingdom to introduce an opt-out scheme for organ donation.

A proposed legislative competence order (a form of secondary legislation) relating to organ and tissue donation has been laid before the Welsh Assembly. The aim of the order is to transfer specific powers from the UK parliament to the assembly in relation to consent to organ donation. It would allow Welsh ministers to introduce a system of presumed consent to organ donation.

Edwina Hart, the assembly’s …

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