Posts Tagged ‘presumed consent’

Five reasons for restraining enthusiasm for the Welsh Donation Bill by Professor John Saunders, chair of the Royal College of Physicians’ Ethical Issues in Medicine Committee

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

There are five reasons for restraining one’s enthusiasm for the Welsh Donation Bill. Firstly, thanks to media exposure in Wales, organ donation rates are rising. They are now not far behind Spain: that is to say Wales has one of the best donation rates per million in the world. In fact, for the last 10 [...]

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Opt For Life by Roy J Thomas Chairman Kidney Wales Foundation and Opt For Life Cymru

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The UK’s first soft opt-out system for organ and tissue donation will be in place in four years time. This will be welcome news to all those waiting for an organ transplant. The UK has the one of the lowest donor rates in Europe. In the UK, three people die every day while on the [...]

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“The drive in Wales is already succeeding….” The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan

Friday, December 9th, 2011

As Christians we believe that offering our organs to save lives is love in action and part of what it means to love our neighbours. So donating our organs goes to the heart of what it is to be a disciple of Jesus. That is why I carry a donor card and strongly urge as [...]

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“The altruistic choice remains….” Dr Tony Calland, Chair of the BMA Medical Ethics Committee

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

The subject of organ donation generates a wide spectrum of emotions ranging from revulsion through denial and fear to sympathy, empathy and generosity. The reality of the current situation is that one person a week dies in Wales whilst waiting for a donor organ and although the UK donation rate has improved recently achieving stable [...]

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“What really matters is that organ donation is an issue that has been discussed within every family” Glyn Davies MP

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Last week, work started on the long awaited new permanent renal dialysis unit attached to Welshpool Hospital in my constituency.  I am only sorry that my dear friend, Trudy Baynes did not live to join in the celebration. Trudy was an early heart and lung transplant, and for many years she campaigned tirelessly for better local [...]

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Organ donation – a week of guest bloggers!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

This week we are hosting a week of guest bloggers who will be giving their views on organ donation. It is crucial to have as much discussion and debate as possible on the Welsh Government plans to move to an opt out system in order to raise awareness of what the new system is trying to achieve. This [...]

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Presumed consent is the right way forward for Wales

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Presumed consent has hit the headlines again in the Welsh press over the past week. Despite outlining BMA Cymru’s position a few times on this blog over the past few years, after reading the negative coverage on the topic I feel compelled to write once more.  At our annual representative meeting in Cardiff this year, [...]

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Wales could lead the way…..

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Plaid Cymru MP Hywel Williams has laid an early day motion backing Wales’ decision to explore moving to a system of presumed consent. It says: “That this House welcomes the announcement by the Welsh Assembly Government that Wales will move to a system of presumed consent, based on a soft opt-out system for organ donation; [...]

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Presumed consent: the debate

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Fervent debate has followed the announcement by Health Minister Edwina Hart last Friday that Wales could move to a system of presumed consent for organ donation. Jonathan Morgan AM has voiced his concern over the announcement. This is what I said in response: “We recognise that the introduction of an opt-out system would be a [...]

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Organ Donation in Wales

Friday, December 18th, 2009

BMA Cymru Wales is delighted with the announcement that the WAG will explore the possibility of introducing a soft opt out system for organ donation in Wales, and that a bid for a Legislative Competence Order will be submitted. I hope that this brave decision by the Health Minister will mark a small step towards [...]

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Action not words now needed on organ donation

Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Around 30* people will have died in Wales in the last year, waiting for a transplant on the organ donor register. That’s why BMA Cmyru Wales is calling for action to be taken by the Welsh Assembly Government with regard to possible changes to the organ donation system. It’s also a year since the Assembly’s [...]

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Consultation needed on organ donation debate

Monday, May 11th, 2009

The Health Minister’s announcement, to look into changing the law surrounding organ donation in Wales, in particular, the consideration to introducing an opt-out system, is a good move. For many years now we’ve backed the idea of a “soft” opt-out system. There is little doubt that such a system would produce a far higher potential [...]

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