Proposals lodged for opt-out organ donation in Jersey

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Plans to introduce an opt-out organ donation system in Jersey have moved a step closer, after the Health Minister lodged his draft law today.

If approved, consent for organ donation would be assumed unless family members object. There would be some vulnerable groups excluded from the new arrangements.

The Scrutiny Panel says they are currently reviewing the plans.

Only 12% of islanders are currently on the donor register and 12 people are currently waiting for a transplant.

The Health Minister says he wants to make it easier for people to potentially save a life.