Health Minister welcomes plans for opt-out organ donation system in England
Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has welcomed plans to introduce a system of deemed consent for organ donation in England.
Legislation to introduce an opt-out system of consent to organ donation in England was passed in the House of Lords yesterday (26 February), following Wales’ lead to introduce a similar law in 2015.
Mr Gething yesterday said:
“I am delighted that England are following our lead in introducing an opt-out system for organ donation,”
“The benefits of such a system are clear to see. We were the first UK nation to take this bold step and three years on from that momentous decision, organ donation consent rates in Wales are now the highest in the UK at 75%.”
The Minister added:
“I firmly believe we made the right decision on deemed consent for organ donation. The new system has led to a cultural change here in Wales, with more families asking about organ donation and becoming aware of their loved ones decision. The more organs that are available for people on transplant waiting lists, the better the chance of someone’s life being saved or extended.
"Here in Wales the success of the new system has been achieved through the support of the Welsh population and our healthcare professionals. I thank them all for their support over the last three years and thank all of those who have given the invaluable, potentially life-saving gift of an organ.”
Latest News from
Statement from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales about Coronavirus (COVID-19): 21 February 202021/02/2020 14:05:00
Update from the Chief Medical Officer for Wales, Dr. Frank Atherton on Coronavirus (COVID-19).
Improvements in emergency waiting times and Ambulance Service hits target for January21/02/2020 09:05:00
Welsh Government response to the latest NHS Wales performance statistics.
New start for social businesses in east Wales20/02/2020 14:05:00
Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles today announced a £700,000 expansion to support the creation of new social businesses in East Wales.
Media buying services20/02/2020 10:20:00
Our media buying services framework (NPS-CS-0100-19) is now live and available for for the Welsh public sector to use.
Have your say on plans to create a zero waste Wales20/02/2020 09:20:00
The Welsh Government wants your views on its plans to make Wales the world’s top recycling nation and help us become a truly circular economy, at a series of Beyond Recycling Consultation Events across Wales.
Celebration of north Wales creative industries19/02/2020 16:30:00
New priorities to support the growth of Wales’ Creative Industries will be outlined during a Creative Wales and BAFTA event at Galeri, Caernarfon this evening.
First Minister establishes emergency funding relief scheme19/02/2020 11:15:00
A multi-million pound emergency fund to deal with the immediate impact of Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford.
£24 million funding boost to accelerate new house building in Wales17/02/2020 11:05:00
A further £24 million is being injected immediately into building more new affordable homes in Wales, Housing Minister, Julie James has announced today.
More support for hard-to-reach EU citizens living in Wales14/02/2020 11:10:00
As the latest figures on applications to the UK government’s EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) are published, Counsel General Jeremy Miles announced more new funding for councils in Wales to boost numbers of applications from their area.