Wales’ landmark system for organ donation has saved dozens of lives during the first six months since implementation, Welsh Labour’s Cabinet Secretary for Health, Well-being and Sport Vaughan Gething has said.
The system – known as soft opt out or deemed consent – allows people who want to be an organ donor to either register a decision to opt in or do nothing. For those who choose to do nothing, if they are 18 or over, have lived in Wales for more than 12 months and also die in Wales, they will be regarded as having consented to organ donation.
Figures show that of the 31 deceased people who donated their organs between 1st December 2015 and 31st May 2016, 10 had their consent deemed because they had not registered a decision to either opt in or opt out of becoming an organ donor.
In total, 60 organs were transplanted during this period, 32 of which were from people whose consent had been deemed.
In comparison to the figures for organ donation before the change in the law, these numbers are very encouraging: 23 people donated their organs in the same period in 2014-15 and 21 in the same period in 2013-2014.
The people of Wales have embraced this ground-breaking legislation, with the latest survey in February 2016 showing that 74% of the Welsh public could describe the changes to the system.
Further information about the new system can be found here.