AHEAD OF VOTE IN SENEDD PRESS STATEMENT – KIDNEY WALES FOUNDATION

WALES LEADS THE WAY IN THE UK

Debate on Final stages Tuesday 2 of July 2013 National Assembly For
Wales HUMAN TRANSPLANTATION (WALES) BILL

Ahead of today’s vote in the Senedd today Roy J Thomas Chief Executive of Kidney Wales Foundation said “Deemed consent has a positive and sizeable effect on organ donation rates of some 25%-35% higher on average in presumed consent countries. In opting for this law Assembly Members are opting for life.”

He added “One person dies every week in Wales waiting for an organ transplant. Three people die a day in the UK. The current system has failed those waiting. The new deemed consent system in Wales needs to be given stewardship and trusted to the medical profession. The Human Tissue Act is there to oversee matters with a new Code of Practice for doctors.”

Kidney Wales Foundation say that the new law in Wales is within European Human Rights legislation The Organ Donor System in the UK needs reform and is outdated. In Belgium, after 2 years of passionate and sometimes emotional discussions, widely publicised, the presumed-consent transplantation law was voted through in the Senate and in the House of Representatives by a large majority from all political parties in Belgium in 1986. Belgium saw a 55% increase in donation rates over 5 years. In Belgium:
1. The law is obviously accepted by most people and its application is no longer a matter of controversy. Less than 2% of the population have registered an objection to organ donation.
2. After the implementation of the transplant law in 1986, the kidney retrieval rate rose in 1987-1988 by 86% to 37.4 per million population per year. This increase in cadaveric donations was sustained.
3. Until 1986 work with teaching hospitals this had only limited results. After 1986 the number of collaborating hospitals with donor activities increased.

Roy J Thomas said ” Churches have always struggled with organ donation. The first human organ transplant occurred on June 17, 1950, at the Little Company of Mary Hospital in Evergreen Park, Illinois. At the time, the church was opposed to the idea that tissue could be taken from a dead person and put into a living person, and that the tissue would then come to life again. ”

He added “Christian churches all over the world support the system that we propose to implement here in Wales. Spain, France, Austria, Netherlands and, as mentioned, Belgium. “AHEAD OF VOTE IN SENEDD PRESS STATEMENT – KIDNEY WALES FOUNDATION

WALES LEADS THE WAY IN THE UK

Debate on Final stages Tuesday 2 of July 2013 National Assembly For
Wales HUMAN TRANSPLANTATION (WALES) BILL

Ahead of today’s vote in the Senedd today Roy J Thomas Chief Executive of Kidney Wales Foundation said "Deemed consent has a positive and sizeable effect on organ donation rates of some 25%-35% higher on average in presumed consent countries. In opting for this law Assembly Members are opting for life."

He added "One person dies every week in Wales waiting for an organ transplant. Three people die a day in the UK. The current system has failed those waiting. The new deemed consent system in Wales needs to be given stewardship and trusted to the medical profession. The Human Tissue Act is there to oversee matters with a new Code of Practice for doctors."

Kidney Wales Foundation say that the new law in Wales is within European Human Rights legislation