A Scottish Government public consultation on organ and tissue donation, including the introduction of a potential soft opt out system has been launched. The 14-week consultation is looking for views on increasing the number of organ and tissue donors.
The key points explored in the consultation are:
- Whether Scotland should move to a soft opt out – or deemed authorisation – system of donation. This would allow organ and/or tissue donation to proceed when a person dies in hospital unless they had ‘opted out’ via the NHS Organ Donor Register or had told their family they did not wish to donate.
- Whether clinicians in Scotland should be given guidance to encourage them to refer potential organ or tissue donors to specialist donor staff, so that the possibility of donation can be explored at an earlier opportunity.
The progress that is being made on organ donation in Scotland is welcomed. However, it’s vital we continue to encourage more people to sign up as organ donors which could potentially give another person a transplant.
I would encourage residents of Inverclyde to make their views known about organ donation by responding to the Scottish Government consultation.
The consultation can be found here: https://consult.scotland.gov.uk/health-protection/organ-and-tissue-donation-and-transplantation
- The consultation will run from 7 December 2016 to 14 March 2017.
- There were 99 deceased organ donors in 2015-16 (some of whom also donated tissue/ corneas), along with an additional 19 tissue only donors and 118 cornea donors.
- There have already been 85 deceased organ donors between April and November 2016 compared to 60 in the same period last year.
- As at 4 December 2016, there were 531 people in Scotland on the active transplant waiting list.
- Currently in Scotland, organ and tissue donation after a person’s death only occurs if the person made clear in advance that they wished to be a donor (for example by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register) or where their nearest relative authorises the donation on their behalf.
- Anyone wishing to join the Organ Donor Register can do so by visiting the Organ Donation Scotland website. This website can also be used by those who wish to update their registration details or to register their wish not to be a donor.