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Scotland agrees on new opt-out organ donation system

BMJ 2019; 365 doi: (Published 12 June 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;365:l4180
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

Scotland has decided to follow Wales and England in introducing an opt-out system of organ and tissue donation in an attempt to increase the number of lifesaving transplant operations.

The Scottish parliament has approved the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill, which will result in all people over 16 being deemed to be organ donors unless they opt out. Currently, people have to opt in by registering their willingness to have their organs used after their death.

Scotland has the UK’s highest proportion of people on the organ donor …

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