Lots of countries use the opt out system, including Spain, Austria and Belgium, so it's not exactly groundbreaking. It is new to the UK though and it's exciting news for the nearly 400 people waiting for organ transplants in Wales. Across the UK there are over 7,000 people on the waiting list, and about 1,200 die each year because of the shortage of suitable organs.
The new system is aimed at increasing that number by massively increasing the number of potential donors. Because, while polls suggest 90% of the Welsh population supports organ donation, only around 30% are actually signed up as a donor. It's effort and, as we all know, humans prefer procrastination.
|From a post with more in-depth info on UK organ donation.|
Of course, when the idea first hit the public domain there were concerns of potential abuse. To allay those fears the new law will only apply to individuals over the age of 18 who die in Wales after being resident here for at least a year. Relatives will still have the right to refuse consent, just as they do under the current opt-in system.
I understand why some people personally don't want to donate their organs - there are religious reasons, personal reasons, all kinds of reasons. But, if you feel that strongly against it, all you need to do is register HERE.
If the new system saves just one extra life then, as far as I'm concerned, it will be well worth it.
*This post was inspired by Anthony's post on the same subject last Friday. You can read it at The Man Down My Local.