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Would you support an opt-out organ donor system?

Islanders in Jersey could automatically be signed up to the organ donation register, if plans for an 'opt-out system' get the go ahead Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA/PA Images

Islanders in Jersey could automatically be signed up to the organ donation register, if plans for an 'opt-out system' get the go ahead.

The Minister for Health and Social Services, Senator Andrew Green, is working with members of the Health and Social Security Scrutiny panel and will lodge a new law in the next two weeks.

If approved, it would mean a scheme which assumes consent to organ donation unless family members object. There would be some vulnerable groups excluded from the new arrangements.

If the proposed new law around organ donation is agreed by the States in April, it would not come into effect for at least a year.

in Guernsey, the Committee for Health & Social Care has launched a public consultation on proposals to introduce an opt-out organ donation scheme Credit: Soeren Stache/DPA/PA Images

Meanwhile in Guernsey, the Committee for Health & Social Care has launched a public consultation on proposals to introduce an opt-out organ donation scheme. It is open until 23 March 2018.

The Committee hopes to reflect changes made in Wales - which became the first country in the UK to introduce an opt-out organ donation system in 2015. It has resulted in an increase in donations.

Depending on the outcome of the Guernsey consultation, proposals will be put to the States later this year.

Organ donation is one of the most incredible achievements of modern medicine. The generosity of donors and their families, transforms and saves lives. They can mean no longer needing to be dependent on treatments, being able to see again, or to experience life free from pain.

– Heidi Soulsby: President of the Committee for Health & Social Care