New figures indicate that Wales has the highest consent rate for organ donation among all the UK nations. The current consent rate is 77 per cent compared with 58 per cent in 2015 when the soft opt-out system of consent to organ donation was introduced. These figures were published in the 'NHS Blood and Transplant annual Organ Donation and Transplantation Activity Report for 2018/19.'
Other key findings in the report include the following:
- Forty per cent of the Welsh population has signed up to the opt-in register, while 5.9 per cent of the population chose the opt-out option.
- In 2018-2019, there were 96 deceased donors and 44 living donors residing in Wales. This represents an 18 per cent rise in the number of deceased donors compared with the previous year.
- 171 Welsh residents were recipients of transplants from deceased donors.
- The 'Active Transplant Waiting List' had 222 individuals and 24 individuals died while waiting for an organ.
- Organ donation was overruled by 15 families, four families overruled the opt-in decision of their loved ones and 11 families did not support deemed consent.
Speaking about the positive trends in organ donation, Vaughan Gething, the Health Secretary, said: "I am very pleased to see the consent rate continues to rise in Wales. It shows the introduction of the pioneering opt-out system is having a real effect and it is great to see England and Scotland now following our lead."