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Soft opt-out boosts organ donation in Wales

Fifteen people have donated their organs in the first two months after a new soft opt-out system for organ donation was introduced in Wales, new figures show.

Of those who donated their organs during December 2015 and January 2016, six had their consent deemed because they had not opted out from being a donor.

The new soft opt-out system came into effect in December last year and was backed by BMA Cymru Wales.

BMA Welsh council chair Phil Banfield, pictured, said: 'It is early days, but the results do look promising.

'We believe the law can only be a good thing for the people of Wales, who have been in desperate need of donated organs.

'We have been impressed with the way that Welsh Government and the NHS has mounted their engagement and look forward to seeing how this progresses over the next few years.'

 

 

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