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I watched the concluding part of the exceptional BBC2 documentary on the children's transplant unit of Great Ormond Street last night with mixed emotions but four things are indelible printed.


• The dedication and brilliance of all the staff involved from the senior consultants down.

• The bravery of the children and their parents in situations where agonising decisions have to made and faced. It really is the nightmare scenario.

• The selflessness of the donor and family without whom others wouldn't have a chance of life

• In comparison with the other three this seems trivial but it sure puts into perspective the little things in your own life that in your own mind take on an exaggerated importance. I'm very lucky.


Just to add the BBC gets a lot of stick on here, no doubt much of it deserved, but in retirement I tend to watch a bit more TV than I used to and in the last few months I've watched many excellent documentaries on BBC covering a broad spectrum of subjects.

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Given that children and adults are still dying through a lack of organs it raises once again the question whether we should have an opt-out and not an opt-in system as at present. The laws are slightly different in Scotland and Wales.



UK Transplant Laws

There are currently two key laws governing organ donation and transplantation in the UK: The Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 and The Human Tissue Act 2004 (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). New legislation - the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 - will come into effect in Wales on 1 December 2015. When the new Welsh law comes into effect, unless a person living in Wales has expressed a decision not to be an organ donor then they will be regarded as having no objection to organ donation. This is called a “deemed consent†system, or as it’s popularly known, a “soft opt out†or “opt out†system.




My personal opinion is we should certainly be looking to follow Wales and adopt the soft opt out or deemed consent system. I see no reason why people, especially children, should die when they can be given a new life.


The potential impact of an opt out system for organ donation.





This might be better in the serious discussion area.

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