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BMA Scotland urges soft opt-out donor system

The BMA has welcomed an increase in the number of people signed up to the organ donor register, but says more needs to be done.

Commenting on the launch of the Scottish government’s campaign to encourage more people to sign the register, BMA Scottish council chair Brian Keighley said that a change to a ‘soft opt-out’ donation system was needed.

This would mean that organ donation was the default position, unless people had specifically opted out in their lifetime.

Dr Keighley said: ‘Given the exceptionally high level of support for donation, this is simply making it easier for people to achieve their wish to donate.’

The latest figures published on Monday show that more than 40 per cent of Scots have joined the register, the highest percentage in the UK.

Public health minister Michael Matheson said: ‘The new campaign has two simple yet equally important messages: join the register, and have a chat about organ donation with your family and loved ones.’