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Study shows 70% of Scots back opt-out organ donation bill

7 in 10 people in Scotland back a switch to an opt-out system for organ donation.

That’s according to a online survey, carried out by YouGov.

MSPs are debating a bill (11th June) which would assume people are in favour of donation, unless they have stated otherwise.

James Cant, British Heart Foundation Scotland Director said, “One of the biggest concerns here in Scotland is there is a gap between the number of people who state that they would wish to donate organs and the number who go on to join the Organ Donation Register.

“We need this to change and that is why we back the introduction of an opt-out system.

“This bill is an important step in increasing organ donation rates.

“However. BHF Scotland acknowledges that the passage of this legislation is not the end of the process.

“To achieve a world-class donation system, we will need continued support and investment in infrastructure, training and education.  

“It is also absolutely vital that families talk to each other about organ donation.

“Knowing our loved ones’ wishes in the event of their death and sharing our own is so important.

“It’s a conversation we all need to have.”

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