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14th July 2017
MP Speaks in Organ donation Debate
Ronnie Cowan MP (SNP) and vice-chair of All-party Parliamentary Kidney Group has spoken in a debate on the Introduction of an opt-out system for organ donation.
The debate took place in Westminster Hall and was led by Dan Jarvis MP who argued in favour of England introducing a opt-out scheme, similar to Wales.
Recently, the Scottish Government announced it intends to introduce legislation for a soft opt out system of organ and tissue donation. Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell has confirmed plans to bring forward legislation during this Parliament after 82% of consultation responses supported the move.
Mr Cowan said:
“I believe that the most important people in this debate are the many waiting for a donor—those whose lives are poorer or even on the line as they wait, and wait.
“In my view, a soft opt-out scheme is the path to go down, but whatever comes of this debate, it must stimulate discussion.
“We should all make our wishes known to our friends and family. When my time comes, as it will, please take whatever you want.”
Hansard link to speech by Ronnie Cowan MP - https://hansard.digiminster.com/commons/2017-07-13/debates/d46608ab-bf07-4072-99ff-11853badaa37/OrganDonationOpt-OutSystem
Scottish Government news release - https://news.gov.scot/news/increasing-organ-and-tissue-donation