Should the organ donation register be switched to an opt-out system? – Your response
Thank you to everyone who took part in my most recent e-consultation : Should the organ donation register be switched to an opt-out system?
With more than 100 replies more than 2 thirds of the respondents were in favour of such switching to an opt-out system.
- 67% of those polled answered Yes.
- 33% of those polled answered No.
Common arguments for the proposal included:
- Changing the system to opt-out means those individuals who may never have previously thought about donating will consider it.
- An opt-out system will mean more organs are available for transplant, saving lives.
- Awareness will be raised with more information about the patients waiting for a life-changing donation.
Common arguments against the proposal included:
- Donating organs for transplant should be a positive decision that each individual makes, not a default.
- The money needed to legislate, debate, promote, manage the opt-out scheme could easily be spent on promoting/seeking `opt-in` donors.
- The system could be open to abuse, with pressure not to give care to some individuals so their organs could be used.
Overall, the consultation proved to be a fascinating indicator of public opinion on such a controversial issue. There was an understandably high level of support for the compulsory donation.
Many thanks to everyone who voted, and to those who replied with comments.