Scottish Liberal Democrat health spokesperson Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP has today called on the Scottish Government to bring forward legislation for an opt-out organ donation system after a new survey suggested that two thirds of respondents were in favour of such a system.
The survey by the British Medical Association has found that two thirds of people across the UK(65 per cent) support a ‘soft’ opt-out organ donation system.
SNP parliamentarians were publicly criticised for voting against Anne McTaggart’s bill last session on self-confessed tribal grounds.
Mr Cole-Hamilton said:
“Only 44% of people have signed up to the organ donation register yet this survey shows a majority of the public are comfortable with the idea of an opt-out system.
“Assumed consent for organ donation could provide a lifeline for hundreds of patients. Research suggests that since Anne McTaggart’s bill fell, as many as 60 Scots have died for want of an organ that could have been available under an opt-out system.
“Liberal Democrats in Wales have championed the opt-out system and it has had a massive impact on patients and their familieswaiting for life-saving transplants.
“With public support and so many patients in need, Scottish Ministers should bring forward legislation for an opt-out organ donation system as soon as their consultation concludes.”