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A matter of life and death

Recording a client's final wishes stretches to organ donation for adults ?in Wales now the government has passed a new transplant bill, says Matthew Evans

16 August 2013

One of the latest big stories in my adopted home of Wales has been the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill. The bill, which has recently passed the final stage in the Welsh Assembly, will replace the existing 'opt in' based system for post-death organ donation in Wales with a 'soft opt out' system from 2015.

This means that a deceased adult (with sufficient capacity) is deemed to have given their consent to be a donor unless they registered to opt in or out. Such wishes will be governed by one single register, which will also reflect 'partia' donations (select organs). Individuals can record their wishes online or via paper forms.

In 2012/13, 34 people in Wales died while waiting for a transplant, according to the Welsh government, and two-thirds of current deceased donations come from people who were not on the opt-in register but whose family decided for them. The government be...

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