- July 3, 2014
- Posted by: Mark Drakeford AM
- Category: Assembly News
National Transplant Week is a UK national campaign to promote organ donation. This year they are running a number of social media campaigns to raise awareness, including the Twitter #SpellitOut campaign.
In Wales, new organ donation legislation will come into force on December 1, 2015. During National Transplant Week, there are over 50 ‘Time to Talk’ events across Wales where staff will be there to answer questions about the changes that are happening soon. In Cardiff, there are events at Cardiff County Hall (Monday 7 July 1200-1400), Cardiff Bay Asda (Monday 7 July 1500-1700), and Pentwyn Asda (Friday 11 July 1130-1330).
There are continuing waves of publicity across all media to ensure the Welsh public are aware of the changes, which will be the first of their kind in the UK. On social media, you can find the bilingual twitter account, @OrgDonationCYM, and the organ donation Wales Facebook page, where you can also find a Facebook app.
The move to deemed consent in Wales is designed to increase in the number of potential organ donors and ultimately increase the number of organs available for transplant.
Under the new system, a person will become a donor either by registering a decision to opt in – as they do currently – or by doing nothing at all, in which case their consent may be deemed.
By doing nothing it will be as if you have no objection to being a donor and an individual will be treated in the same way as if they had chosen to be a donor. If an individual doesn’t want to be a donor they can register a decision to opt out.