A PLAN to move to an opt-out system for organ donations could increase the rate of donations by almost a third in Scotland, an MSP has claimed.
Labour MSP Anne McTaggart told Holyrood’s health Committee that her Transplantation Bill was “absolutely” necessary as the current opt-in arrangement “is not working”.
The legislation proposes a move from a system in which people have to actively join the NHS Organ Donation Register to a ‘’soft’’ opt-out approach in an effort to tackle a shortage of organs.
Under the new system, the family of the deceased will be asked if they had expressed any objections during their lifetime.
Ms McTaggart told the committee: “We do need to increase transplantation.
“The first-quarter figures for this year show that we are heading for an even bigger decrease in deceased donor rates of 10%.
“We have to do something different, whatever we are doing just now is not working.
“International evidence shows us that a 25% to 30% increase will happen if we move to a soft opt-out system.”
Under the plans, organs and tissues could be removed from an adult after death if they had not registered or expressed an objection during their lifetime.