Welsh people in the know on organ donation, poll reveals

In 2014-15, 12 people in Wales died while waiting for a transplant Credit: PA

A poll for ITV Wales has found that 70% of people in Wales feel they know a great deal or a fair amount about changes to organ donation legislation, which will see everyone added to the donor register in a 'opt-out system' unless they say otherwise.

From a sample of 1,151 members of the Welsh public, results of our poll showed:

  • 70% of the Welsh public felt they knew a great deal or fair amount about the changes

  • 19% felt they do not know very much about new soft opt-out legislation

  • 9% of pollers said they knew nothing at all about organ donation changes

Changes to current law surrounding organ donation come into play on 1st December 2015, and presume consent of everyone for the use of their organs and tissues.

This means people will need to be more proactive in making a decision if they do not want to be on the register.

Further details of what the changes will mean can be found here.

Currently, just over a third of people in Wales are on the organ donation register, while there are over 200 people on the waiting list for organ transplants..

The Welsh opt-out system will give a person's family and friends a significant role to play in the ultimate decision to donate an organ and we're all being encouraged to discuss our wishes.

Mother and daughter Rachel and Caroline disagree on the system Credit: ITV Wales

This may be an issue in families like the Bodmans - mother and daughter Rachel and Caroline disagree on the new organ donation system.

While Rachel is a keen supporter, she is still trying to convince her mother.

The new system is the first of its kind in the UK, and the Welsh Government hope it will lead to a 25% increase in organ donation.