Wales' organ donation opt-out law has not increased donors

From BBC - December 3, 2017

Wales' opt-out system for organ donation has not increased the number of donors in the two years since it was introduced, a study has confirmed.

Adults in Wales are presumed to have consented to organ donation unless they have opted out.

The data was published in a Welsh Government report about the impact of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act.

Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said it was "too early to know the true impact".

In the 21 months before the law changed in December 2015 there were 101 deceased donors in Welsh hospitals. The data showed there were 104 in the same time period since the law change.

Every quarter NHS Blood and Transplant releases figures for organ donation for each county in the UK.

Mr Gething acknowledged the figures and added: "The report suggests this may be because there have been fewer eligible donors over the short period since the change in law.


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