Support and awareness on the rise for organ donation changes
4:01pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
SUPPORT for a new opt-out organ donation system has increased across Wales, according to the results of a recent annual survey.
And general awareness of what at the time of this year's Wales Omnibus Survey was still a proposal to change to the aforementioned system, also rose compared to 2012.
The survey of more than 1,000 people was taken in June, before the Assembly voted to pass an opt-out donation system into law, and before that law received Royal Assent.
The proportion of respondents in favour increased significantly, from 49 per cent in 2012 to 61 per cent this year, the proportion against falling from from 22 per cent to 17 per cent. The proportion of respondents needing more information before they came to a view also decreased, from 21 per cent to 16 per cent.
The biggest increase in support for the change was recorded in south east Wales.
The new system, which will come into operation on December 1 2015, means that unless a person has during their lifetime expressed the wish that their organs not be donated for transplant after their death, it will presumed that consent has been given. Currently, people have to opt in, or state that they wish their organs to be donated. A number of safeguards and criteria are being built into the new system.
"It’s our job to ensure members of the public are fully informed on what the changes will mean and the choices they can make," said health minister Professor Mark Drakeford.
“To carry this out successfully, we need regular information on public awareness and understanding of organ donation law and as such will continue to undertake and monitor these surveys which are representative of the views of the people of Wales.”
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