Fiona Loud, Policy Director of Kidney Care UK, said: “We welcome the announcement that Scotland plans to bring forward this potentially life-saving legislation; and more than 500 transplant patients on the waiting list in Scotland will be delighted to hear this. With a similar system in place in Wales for two years now it is abundantly clear that England is lagging behind their counterparts.
With the British Medical Association and 82% of consultation respondents in Scotland backing the move, it is time that the government looks at consulting on this issue in England. Nine out of ten people on the transplant list are waiting for a kidney and under the current opt-in system one person dies every day waiting for a kidney – this simply has to change.”
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