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Welsh assembly passes law for organ donation that presumes consent of donors

The Welsh assembly has passed a law for a system of organ donation that presumes the consent of donors.

This controversial step will be eagerly observed, when eventually put into practice, by other UK authorities. The recent success in increasing the number of people donating organs after death by 50% since 2008 followed the institution of Organ Donor Task Force recommendations which explicitly discounted presumed consent which has failed to increase rates when introduced elsewhere. However, the BMA amongst others has conducted research and feels this will be an effective method of increasing organ donation.

For a few people with little trust in healthcare and government systems this suggests that the state somehow owns a persons organs, and even that the NHS might withdraw life support treatment on some patients sooner in an attempt to get organs.

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