Monday 20 November 2017

People will have to 'opt out' of organ donation

In practice, the new rules mean a person would have to sign a register to state that they do not want their organs removed once they pass. Stock Image
In practice, the new rules mean a person would have to sign a register to state that they do not want their organs removed once they pass. Stock Image
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

Landmark proposals for an "opt-out" system for organ donation are due to be approved by Cabinet today.

The measure, brought by Health Minister Simon Harris, aims to significantly increase the number of organs available to doctors.

Under the current regime, the next of kin of the deceased has to give consent to remove their loved one's organs or tissue.

But new laws, contained in the Human Tissues Bill, will introduce a system of "presumed intent".

In practice, the new rules mean a person would have to sign a register to state that they do not want their organs removed once they pass. If they do not, their consent will be taken as given. However, their next of kin will still ultimately have the power to refuse the removal of the organs.

The changes are detailed in a memo due to be brought to Cabinet today by Mr Harris.

The proposals stem from a 2006 report carried out by Dr Deirdre Madden.

Irish Independent

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