The Committee for Health & Social Care are seeking your views on proposals to introduce a soft opt-out organ donation scheme.
Currently, Guernsey has an "opt-in" system for organ donation. This means that people who wish to donate in the event of their death need to make their wishes clear. This can be by telling family or friends, giving their consent through their driving licence, or joining the NHS Organ Donor Register . However, there are many people who, although they do believe in organ donation, have not joined the Organ Donor Register. Without making this express decision, it is more difficult for doctors to establish a patient's wishes and more difficult for friends and family to honour them.
The Committee wishes to reflect changes made in Wales, which have resulted in an increase in donations, and move towards a deemed consent or, soft opt-out, system. This will assume that all islanders wish to donate their organs if possible when they die unless they have requested to be removed from the register, either totally, or with respect to particular organs. Central to the system will be ensuring that sensitive processes are in place both to enable all islanders to have opportunity to record their decision clearly and for families to be consulted before any organs are taken. More information can be found in the attachment on this page. The Committee recognises that organ donation is an immensely sensitive and personal matter, and a decision that no one wants to make on behalf of a family member. We believe our proposals provide the appropriate balance of recognising the importance of organ donation, and supporting islanders and their families in making informed decisions. We want the views of islanders on the proposals.
The survey can be completed online by visiting: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/organdonationgsy
Paper copies are available at Porters Lodge, PEH, Oberlands Centre reception, St Martins Community Centre and Sir Charles Frossard House.
The survey for this consultation closes on 23rd March 2018 and the results will be published in June 2018.
Should you require any further information, please contact us by emailing Nikejshia.Moon@gov.gg or call 01481 725241 (ext: 634 4290)
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Closes: 23rd March 2018