Over the past few weeks, Glasgow Labour MSP Anne McTaggart has been travelling across Scotland visiting towns and cities to discuss her proposed Organ and Tissue Donation (Scotland) Bill. Ms McTaggart has visited Greenock, Falkirk, Edinburgh and Inverness during this period where she has spoken with members of the public and staff at British Heart Foundation stores. She has also met with transplant survivors and spoken to them about their amazing stories.
Ms McTaggart’s Bill proposes to introduce an opt-out system of organ donation in Scotland. The consultation aims to provide a range of views on the subject matter of the proposed Bill, highlighting potential problems, identifying equalities issues, suggesting improvements, considering financial implications and, in general, assisting in ensuring that the resulting legislation is fit for purpose. The consultation process will close on the 25th September 2014 at 5pm, following which responses will be analysed.
Ms McTaggart said “It has been a real pleasure to be able to travel across the country to speak with people who care deeply about this issue. Although the names of the towns and cities change, the response I am receiving is consistently positive in favour of introducing an opt-out system of organ donation. It is really important that the proposals are consulted on as widely as possible and I would therefore encourage anyone who has not read the draft bill to do so and also to complete the online survey. With this reform we could seriously tackle the shortage of organs available for transplant in Scotland which would ultimately save lives.”