Organ bill becomes law

Wales' opt-out organ donation system will come into effect on December 1st 2015.

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Campaigners welcome organ bill 'change' but demand legal protection for families

Christian campaign group CARE has welcomed what it describes as a 'significant shift' in the Welsh Government's approach to respecting the rights of families of potential organ donors. But the organisation says that families should still have the legal right to a veto.

Consent is so important to the functioning of any health service that this commitment to respect the views of the surviving family needs to be made in the legislation itself. In countries where a credible soft-opt-out system functions this is already the case.

With the best practice of these countries and the importance of consent in mind, there can be no good reason not to make this commitment on the face of the legislation. The National Assembly for Wales should amend the Welsh Government's Bill to make this commitment clear.

– Daniel Boucher, Welsh Policy Officer, CARE

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