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Organ Donation Act 2017 (Second Reading), TSR Government



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ORGAN DONATION BILL 2017
An Act to expand the Welsh 'opt-out' human transplant system to England.



BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1: DEFINTIONS
"transplantation activities" is as defined in Section 3.2 of the Human Transplanation (Wales) Act 2013.

2: CONSENT AND THE ORGAN DONATION REGISTER
(1) Once a person turns 18 they will be placed on the NHS Organ Donation Register if they have given express consent (see sections 4 to 7 of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 or deemed consent (see sections 4 to 9 of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013.
(2) At any age, a person may be placed on the NHS Organ Donor Register if they give express consent (see sections 4 and 7 of the Human Transplanation (Wales) Act 2013).
(3) Transplanation activities involving those on the NHS Organ Donor Register are lawful.

3: APPLICATION OF EXISTING ACTS
(1) All references to “Wales” in the sections of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 that are referenced in this Act are, for the purposes of this Act, taken to refer to “England and Wales”.
(2) All references to “Welsh Ministers” in the sections of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 that are referenced in this Act are, for the purposes of this Act, taken to refer to “The Secretary of State with responsibility for Health and Welsh Ministers”.

4: PUBLIC INFORMATION AND DUTY OF PROMOTION
(1) The Secretary of State with responsibility for Health must—
(1) a. promote transplantation as a means of improving the health of the people of England,
(1) b. provide information and increase awareness about transplantation, and
(1) c. inform the public of the circumstances in which consent to transplantation activities is deemed to be given in the absence of express consent.
(2) To ensure that the Secretary of State's obligations under subsection 1 are fulfilled they must ensure that—
(2) a. individuals will be notified that they will be automatically added to the Organ Donor Register when they receive their National Insurance Number from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.
(2) b. 3 months before eligible people turn 18, they will be sent a detailed information pack with information about organ donation
(2) c. an individual may request the latest edition of the aforementioned information pack at anytime.
(2) d. people have the option to receive all future information packs electronically.
(3) The Secretary of State must, for the first five years after this section comes into force, report annually to Parliament on the steps taken to fulfil their duties under this Act.

5: EXTENT, COMMENCEMENT AND SHORT TITLE
(1) This Act extends to England.
(2) The provisions of this Act come into force on 1st January 2018.
(3) This Act may be cited as the Human Transplantation (England) Act 2017.


Notes
Currently, 1000 people die in Britain each year because of organ shortages. It is estimated that almost all of these deaths could be prevented if there was a minor change in the system; making organ donation an opt out system rather than an opt in one. Under the current system, the main reason why people may not add themselves to the organ donor list is simply because they simply lack the time and motivation to do so.

There are several reasons why people may object to donating their organs after they pass away, often due to their religion. If people do not wish to donate their organs when they die, they will be completely entitled to remove themselves from the Organ Donation Register without any cost concurred. This is not some radical new innovation worthy of suspicion. It is simply an expansion of a policy already in place in Wales which the British Medical Association claims has already saved dozens of lives. Policies like this exist in countries like Spain and Austria.

BMA: "By modelling different scenarios, we show that only a policy of presumed consent will substantially increase the number of organs available for transplantation."

Furthermore, an increase in the availability of deceased donor organs will massively reduce (if not entirely eliminate) the need for living donors (i.e. Kidney donors - the only type of organ donation between living people). Living donors can suffer a markedly reduced quality of life and whilst its a fantastic altruistic thing to do this would make such sacrifice less necessary.

As the Department of Health has highlighted in its recent statement of intent, every household in the country will receive a leaflet that will explain what this piece of legislation means for their family, why organ donation is important, what an opt out system is, and when, should the bill pass, changes will begin to take effect. The leaflet will further explain how individuals can opt out of the system, should they wish. Costs for this particular process will be in the region of £9.3 million. Furthermore, citizens in England will receive information before they are placed on the register.

As such, concerns relating to informing the citizenry have been fully addressed and this reform should be supported by those who value human life.

Useful links:
Welsh Act: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/anaw/2...ntents/enacted
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/jun/22/doctors-to-lobby-for-opt-out-organ-donor-
system
http://www.exeterexpressandecho.co.u...ail/story.html
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huma...ales)_Act_2013
http://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/to2020/resou...ionintheUK.pdf

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- Added 2 exemptions.
- Added section on 'Information'.
- Added a definiton.
- Expanded the notes.








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The government reviewed the existing legislation for Wales and found it to be wholly reasonable and clear. For the sake of consistency and simplicity the government have elected to expand the Welsh Act rather than implement a near-identical parallel Act in England.

- Miscellaneous formatting and grammatical corrections
- Preamble changed
- New Section 1
- Section 4 expanded and reformatted
- 2.1 changed so notification goes out when one receives their national insurance number.
- Extent changed to only England.
- Short title changed for the sake off consistency with the Welsh Act.
- Commencement pushed to 2018.
- Notes expanded and corrected with new links added








Changes made for Division:
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Error in Section 2 corrected (missing words)


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"For England, see Wales." How refreshing.

A particularly wholehearted aye!
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adam9317 Mate, the formatting. :eek:
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adam9317 Mate, the formatting. :eek:
Fixed for you. Got to love TSR
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It has been a long journey to get to this point and I hope that at this final hurdle we, as the people's representatives, do right by those awaiting vital treatment and all those who will follow them.

With those people in mind, I am proud to vote Aye!
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It has been a long journey to get to this point and I hope that at this final hurdle we, as the people's representatives, do right by those awaiting vital treatment and all those who will follow them.

With those people in mind, I am proud to vote Aye!
If this looses by one vote, I could imagine how enraged you'd be
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If this looses by one vote, I could imagine how enraged you'd be
Nowhere near as enraged as I'd be if I had corneal scarring from keratoconus and knew I'd go blind without a transplant.
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A wholehearted Aye from me.
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Nowhere near as enraged as I'd be if I had corneal scarring from keratoconus and knew I'd go blind without a transplant.
Bish bash bosh!
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Nowhere near as enraged as I'd be if I had corneal scarring from keratoconus and knew I'd go blind without a transplant.
(Original post by TheDefiniteArticle)
Bish bash bosh!
Looks like you'll get that transplant now
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Looks like you'll get that transplant now
I'm lucky enough to be in perfectly good health and therefore not in need of a transplant. You see, being on the Left, I actually want to help other people and not just myself.
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I'm lucky enough to be in perfectly good health and therefore not in need of a transplant. You see, being on the Left, I actually want to help other people and not just myself.
I voted aye and I'm still getting stick
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I voted aye and I'm still getting stick
:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
I'm not giving you 'stick'.
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I'm not giving you 'stick'.
It's a joke , lol.
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