Sue has welcomed the announcement by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in his party conference speech today that a future Labour government would commit to introducing an “opt-out” system of organ donation, aimed at boosting the number of organs available for donation after people have died, following the successful roll-out of an opt-out programme in Wales.
“I’m absolutely delighted by this news today, as this has been something that I have been calling for in Parliament for a long time, and I have been contacted by a number of constituents who were very keen for the Labour Party to support the introduction of an opt-out organ donation system.
“In Wales, 9 out of 10 people supported organ donation yet only 3 in 10 were registered donors. Since the implementation of the Transplant Wales Act in December 2015, adults in Wales are presumed to have consented to organ donation unless they choose to opt-out.
“Like the system in Wales, this would be a “soft” opt-out system which ensures that loved ones must be consulted prior to any organ donation taking place. It gives families the opportunity to make the deceased’s wishes on donation known.
“The UK currently has one of the lowest rates of consent in Europe and has a target to increase organ donation consent rates to 80% by 2020. That’s why the rollout of a system like this is so important.
“I’ll keep pressing the current Conservative Government to follow Labour’s lead and commit to introducing this system while they are in office. Since its roll-out in Wales, presumed consent has successfully increased the number of organs and tissues available for donation. If introduced throughout the UK, it will be a model for increasing consent, lowering waiting lists for organs, and crucially saving lives.”