Mental Health Debate

East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani yesterday welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to giving serious consideration to an opt-out organ donation system following the Scottish Parliamentary election.

The commitment came as a Member’s Bill which sought to establish an opt-out system was rejected by the Scottish Parliament due to fears over the practical implications of the proposals.

Public Health Minister Maureen Watt set out the government’s intentions to hold a detailed consultation on increasing organ donation, including the development of a workable opt-out system, as an early priority in the next parliament.

Commenting after the vote, Linda said:

“I welcome that there is consensus across all political parties that we should do all we can to ensure that donor organs are available for those who need them.

“There has already been considerable progress made – since 2008, there has been an 82% rise in the number of deceased organ donors, a 42% increase in the number of transplants undertaken and a fall of 21% in the active transplant waiting list.

“The Member’s Bill helped raise the debate about how we can best increase the number of organ donors. What we have now is a desire to do more, and that is why I voted for the Government amendment. That vote was for an immediate consultation on developing a workable soft opt-out system for Scotland, with a view to legislating itself.”


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