Good news on Organ Donor Consent
21 January 2019
The Irish Government has indicated its intention to bring forward to the Cabinet 'soft opt out' organ donor consent next month (February 2019) as part of the Human Tissue Bill.
This is strongly welcomed by Cystic Fibrosis Ireland, which is part of 7 patient groups in the Irish Donor Network (IDN) that supports the change in donor consent from opt in to soft opt out. We believe this change will result in more solid organs for transplantation (heart, lung, kidney, pancreas and liver).
Under the proposed change, it will be presumed that most people in Ireland want to donate their organs (this is supported by opinion polls) and there will be an online Register for those that want to opt out.
Next-of-Kin will still be consulted under the new system. This why it is called ’soft’ opt out.
A hard opt out is where Next-of-Kin are not consulted. Understandably the ‘hard’ opt out system is not proposed for Ireland for ethical and practical purposes.
Cystic Fibrosis Ireland urge our members to make their views known during this debate, especially those families that have benefited from a double lung transplant.
For further updates, visit the website of the Irish Donor Network (IDN) http://donornetwork.ie
See the letter from CFI/IDN published in the Irish Times https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/letters/organ-donation-and-transplants-1.3764244 or