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S5W-13529: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what impact the Welsh Government’s evaluation of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013, published on 30 November 2017, which reportedly shows lower rates of donation since the change in the law, will have on its policy on this issue.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 9 January 2018

The Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 has been in operation since 1 December 2015 and the Evaluation of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act: Impact Evaluation Report suggests that a longer period of time is needed to draw firmer conclusions around the impact of the change in the law. There are complex factors involved in donation and donor numbers fluctuate for a variety of reasons. Such fluctuations are particularly important given the relatively small numbers involved.

We will continue to learn from the experience in Wales, and from other countries which have adopted an opt out system. Introducing an opt out system of donation will be just one of a package of measures we have put in place to help increase the number of donors over time.