Organ and tissue donation and transplantation: analysis of consultation responses

Responses to consultation on ways of increasing the numbers of organ and tissue donations.



2 In a survey of 1032 people in Scotland carried out by TNS in August 2016, 70% of people agreed that 'we should all register to be organ donors'.

3 The petition was submitted by 38 Degrees and was noted as being a response to Question 1: What do you think of the principle of a soft opt out system for Scotland? The full text of the petition read: 'Put everyone on the organ donor register automatically - with the option to opt out'. The petition text is included in the analysis of responses to Question 1 in Chapter 3 of this report.

4 Respondents who submitted offline responses were able to provide comment immediately at Question 1, while those completing the online questionnaire generally expanded on their answer at Question 2 or Question 15.

5 A few respondents said they were currently on the ODR but would opt out if an opt out system was introduced.

6 Gillick competency and Fraser guidelines refer to a legal case in 1982 which looked at whether doctors should be able to give contraceptive advice or treatment to children under 16 without parental consent. They have since been more widely used to help assess whether a child has the maturity to make their own decisions and to understand the implications of those decisions.


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