February 28, 2017
(BMJ) – “Soft opt-out boosts donation in Wales,” wrote the BMA. “‘Dozens saved’ in six months by Welsh deemed consent organ donation system,” said the Guardian. Should the rest of the UK follow what Wales started in December 2015: a system of opt-out organ donation? The rest of the UK requires consent for organ donation, either by the dead person having pre-empted the decision by joining the donor register or by family consent. Wales uses a “soft” opt-out, meaning that it’s not intended to be legally enforced and that potential situations where doctors remove organs for transplant directly against the surviving family’s wishes will not occur.
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