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Organ donation changes: what will it mean?

The law was passed in September 2013 Credit: PA

A new law in Wales which will be introduced on the 1st of December 2015 will see changes made to organ donation.

A recent survey shows 48% of the public are still unaware of the changes.

Here's a list of what the new laws will mean.

  • From December 1, people aged 18 and over who have lived in Wales for more than 12 months and who die in Wales will be regarded as having consented to organ donation unless they have opted opt.
  • The move is designed to increase the number of potential organ donors and will ultimately increase the number of organs available for transplant.
  • Under the new system, a person will become a potential donor either by registering their decision to opt in - as they do currently - or by doing nothing at all, in which case their consent may be deemed
  • By doing nothing it will be as if someone has no objection to becoming an organ donor and an individual will be treated in the same way as if they had chosen to be a donor. If an individual doesn't want to be a donor they can register their decision to opt out
  • The Welsh system will be a soft opt-out system, meaning a person's family and friends will have a significant role to play in the ultimate decision to donate an organ. If they knew their loved one did not wish to be an organ donor, even if they had not opted out, they will be able to tell clinicians at the hospital and donation will not take place.



Campaign aims to educate students on organ donation

As students return to their colleges and universities this week, they're being reminded about changes to the law in Wales on organ donation.

From December next year, the law will assume that people want to donate their organs for transplants - unless they opt out.

Ian Lang has been speaking to one woman from Bangor who knows the benefits of transplants more than most.

Campaign informs students about organ donation laws

A campaign has been launched by the Welsh Government to inform new students attending Universities across the country about upcoming changes to the organ donation.

The legislation affects people studying or working in Wales for a settled period. Credit: PA

From the 1st of December, students who are living in Wales for more than 12 months will have to opt-out of becoming an organ donor.

The 'Time To Talk' campaign will be at freshers' fayres across Wales to talk to students about what their choices will be under the new legislation and about organ donation in general.

We're really pleased that the Welsh Government is visiting all universities in Wales during Fresher's week to talk to students about the forthcoming organ donation legislation. It's important that any students living here already or coming into Wales are fully informed about the changes to the law and understand their choices.

We understand the Welsh Government will continue their communication with students through the academic year, ensuring students in other year groups are also informed, and we will support with this dissemination of information in anyway we can.

– Beth Button, President of the National Union of Students Wales

Events held to raise awareness of organ donation

Today marks the beginning of National Transplant Week, launched by Health Minister Mark Drakeford.

Mark Drakeford will launch the first event today from the Welsh Government Offices in Cathays Park. Credit: PA

A series of over 50 events will be held across Wales to provide the public with general information on organ donation and more specific details on the new "soft opt out" legislation which comes into force in December next year.

Under a soft opt out system a person doesn't have to do anything to be considered as a donor because the law will allow for their consent to be deemed to have been given. If a person doesn't want to be a donor, they'll be able to opt out.

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