CLDF has say on potential new Scottish legislation
The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament in June this year. The aim of the new legislation would be for Scotland to move to a system of ‘deemed consent’ for organ donation.
CLDF was pleased to be invited to give evidence at the committee stage of this bill which represents an issue to important to our families. And yesterday (November 6) Harpreet Brrang, our Information and Research Hub Manager travelled to Holyrood to meet with the Scottish Parliament’s Health and Sport Committee.
“My focus was on supporting the ‘soft opt out’ approach as this system could potentially increase the number of organ donations in Scotland” says Harpreet.
“However I did stress that deemed authorisation and changes to legislation may not increase the number of organ donations if carried out in isolation. There is a need for a holistic approach e.g. awareness campaigns, increased training for professionals who have those difficult conversations, and greater resources within the NHS to support potential increase in donations. This is an opportunity to change attitudes surrounding organ donation and encourage conversations. A soft opt-out approach has the potential to inspire more people to make a choice and reduce the gap between intent and action. However the public needs to be fully infomred about the changes and the role of family members for it to be successful. “
It is anticipated that the Bill will be debated in the Scottish Parliament in March 2019.