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Welsh opt-out law fails to increase organ donations

BMJ 2017; 359 doi: (Published 05 December 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;359:j5659
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Two years after Wales adopted an “opt-out” system for organ donation, there is no evidence that it has increased the rate of transplantations.

A report by the Welsh government has found1 that in the 21 months after the new presumed consent legislation came into effect on 1 December 2015, there were 104 donors, while in the corresponding period before the act there had been 101. The difference is insignificant.

Scotland plans to introduce its own version of the Welsh law, and the Health department in England …

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