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Monaghan councillor says soft opt-out system for organ donations is a 'no brainer'

Mar 11, 2022 07:03 By News Northern Sound
Monaghan councillor says soft opt-out system for organ donations is a 'no brainer' Monaghan councillor says soft opt-out system for organ donations is a 'no brainer'
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The Department of Health is seeking approval to publish the Bill in the Spring legislative session.

A local Sinn Féin councillor says a soft opt-out system for organ donations is a "no brainer".

Colm Carthy told a recent Monaghan County Council meeting that the Bill "will help so many people".

The Human Tissue Bill, which has been delayed several times since 2016, allows for an opt-out rather than the current opt-in clause for organ donation after death.

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The 'opt-out' system is one of "presumed consent", where someone would have to request to "opt-out", as opposed to the current system where you have to "opt-in".

In correspondence with Monaghan County Council, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said the enactment of the Bill is a "priority for government".

The correspondence also stated that the Department is seeking approval to publish the Bill in the Spring legislative session.

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