Wales organ donor plan could be changed

PROPOSALS on the role of relatives under a new opt-out organ donation law for Wales are being reconsidered by health minister Lesley Griffiths.

The Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill proposes that if a potential donor has not opted out before they die, their next of kin can tell doctors about the deceased person's wishes.

The Welsh Government proposes to create an unranked list of relatives and friends who would have the right to a role in decisions about whether or not organs can be donated.

But some AMs believe more weight should be given to the views of close relatives.

Questioned by AMs about family and friend involvement in organ donation decision as a result of the proposed law change, health minister Lesley Griffiths should she would look at potential problems an unranked list might create.

A ranked list of family members is considered a better way forward by some experts, as there are fears that if any relative or friend can object, the result may be fewer rather than more organ donations.

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7:33pm Thu 21 Feb 13

Mervyn James says...

Another back door attempt to overrule a person's wishes and body snatch organs anyway. Most people think "I won't have to worry about that..." until an accident happens. They may well never discuss organ donation with relatives. Cue at the deathbed Dr's leaning on families to take organs then.

Lots have been made of the opt in, next to nothing about an effective opt OUT. I opted out years ago, now that may simply be ignored ? We are being bombarded with sad cases in media, it is all designed to make the opt out people feel guilty. A form of moral blackmail, we should not have to justify an outright refusal. Our bodies not anyone else's.

Most organs will go OUTSIDE Wales, maybe abroad and to ethnic minorities who appear to be the most need sector, and their rights NOT to donate are protected. Are Welsh people to be 'harvested' for areas that are NOT forced to opt in ? this seems totally unfair.
Another back door attempt to overrule a person's wishes and body snatch organs anyway. Most people think "I won't have to worry about that..." until an accident happens. They may well never discuss organ donation with relatives. Cue at the deathbed Dr's leaning on families to take organs then. Lots have been made of the opt in, next to nothing about an effective opt OUT. I opted out years ago, now that may simply be ignored ? We are being bombarded with sad cases in media, it is all designed to make the opt out people feel guilty. A form of moral blackmail, we should not have to justify an outright refusal. Our bodies not anyone else's. Most organs will go OUTSIDE Wales, maybe abroad and to ethnic minorities who appear to be the most need sector, and their rights NOT to donate are protected. Are Welsh people to be 'harvested' for areas that are NOT forced to opt in ? this seems totally unfair. Mervyn James

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