HC Deb 07 December 1994 vol 251 c213W
Mr. Alex Carlile

To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will make it her policy to replace organ donor cards by an opting-out system; and if she will make a statement.

Mr. Sackville

The Government believe that giving organs should be a positive, altruistic choice made by individuals or their surviving relatives and not a presumed right on the part of the state. "Opting-out" does not have the support of the majority of the British people and there is no clear evidence that it would improve donation rates. On 6 October this year, we launched the national health service organ donor register; all those wishing to signal their intention to be a donor can now record their names on this central computerised register. The volume of applications is already encouraging.

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