Wales leads the wayPosted: July 2, 2013
Today Wales became the first of the UK countries to change the policy on organ donation and instead of making it an opt-in situation it’s now opt-out deal.
Basically this means that if you don’t want your organs to be donated after your death you have to make your objection known.
Personally, I think this is a great idea.
I’ve had a donor card for a while now, I firmly believe that when I shuffle off this mortal coil my spare parts should be taken to help those in need. I won’t be needing them, so it just makes sense to me that they should go to those who do.
The problem with the opt-in system was that not everyone might be aware of it and pick up a donor card, and also because some people are a little superstitious about stuff like that. It’s like people who don’t make wills because they think in some way that this is tempting fate and they’ll be struck down as they leave the lawyer’s office.
This meant that some people who wanted to donate, or were indifferent to it, weren’t donating.
Under the new system, everyone is assumed to be down with it. Now, some people have genuine objections to having their organs harvested whether for religious reasons or simply not liking the idea, and that’s their choice. So, these people with these objections can go ahead and remove them from the donor list.
Anyone who’s indifferent to the whole thing, or objects but not strongly enough to do anything about it, gets their organs taken to help other people.
Which seems fair to me. I mean, if you don’t care enough to say no, then clearly you don’t really care what’s happened, and the greater good prevails.
Hopefully, the rest of the UK will follow Wales’ lead and more people will be eligible to donate organs and people won’t be stuck on donor lists as long.
Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.