Between 7 December 2016 and 14 March 2017, the Scottish Government undertook a public consultation inviting views on ways of increasing the numbers of successful organ and tissue donations. The consultation paper outlined current procedures regarding organ and tissue donation, and options for increasing donations including, potentially, the introduction of an opt out / deemed authorisation system (i.e. where organs and tissue can be taken for transplantation unless people have made it clear they do not wish this to happen after their death). It also suggested possible ways of increasing referrals by clinical teams to specialist transplant teams when they are caring for a dying or recently deceased patient.
The consultation contained 18 questions which were a mix of closed (tick-box) questions and open questions inviting further comment. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses of the responses were undertaken. The aim of the analysis was to report on responses to the consultation’s closed questions, and explore the reasons respondents gave for their answers, highlighting differences in views between different groups where appropriate.
The findings presented here summarise the views of those who participated in the consultation.