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100 Days Countdown Begins for Opt-Out System for Organ Donation in Wales

by Shirley Johanna on  August 19, 2015 at 6:56 PM Organ Donation News   - G J E 4
A new opt-out system for organ donation comes into force in Wales on December 1. As the 100-day countdown begins on August 23, people living in Wales are encouraged to think about organ donation choices and to discuss with their loved ones.
100 Days Countdown Begins for Opt-Out System for Organ Donation in Wales
100 Days Countdown Begins for Opt-Out System for Organ Donation in Wales
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People from all over Wales have been sharing their stories about organ donation, as part of the Wales public awareness campaign, It's Time to Choose.

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Their stories show there are hundreds of people affected by organ donation in Wales, whether they are donor family members, organ recipients, people waiting for an organ transplant or families and friends of those benefited by organ donation.

Wales will become the first country in the UK to introduce a soft opt-out system for organ donation on December 1. When a new law comes into effect, it will make it easier for people to make a decision about whether or not they want to become organ donors.

If people have not registered (opted in) or not decided (opted out) to become an organ donor, they would be considered to have objection to being an organ donor.

Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford said, "On December 1, Wales will become the first country in the UK to introduce a soft opt-out system. We hope this will help save lives by transforming attitudes towards consent to organ donation."

"During the public awareness campaign, we've met and worked with some wonderful people who have the most incredible organ donation stories to share. What keeps coming up when people share their stories is the importance of having conversations about organ donation. I hope that people continue talking to their loved ones about their organ donation choices," said Drakeford.

From December 1, people who want to become an organ donor can register and will be able to choose to donate all organs and tissues or select organs and tissues they wish to donate.

Source: Medindia
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