Scotland Moving Towards ‘Opt-Out’ Organ Donation System


Legislation has been brought forward at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood for the introduction of an ‘opt-out’ system for organ donation.

This proposal would mean that all people would be assumed to be in favour of donating their organs unless it was stated otherwise, whereas the current system requires people to ‘opt in’ to have their organs donated for transplants after death.

The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill would require families to confirm the views of their deceased relative to ensure no donation would take place where the person would not have wanted it to.

45 percent of the Scottish population are currently signed up to donate their organs after death, an increase of 89 percent over the last 10 years.

This new ‘opt-out’ scheme, which Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell has said was ‘part of driving a long-term change in attitudes towards organ and tissue donation,’ would aim to ensure more people were signed up for donation than are currently.


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