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Pharmacists in Wales could help explain organ donation changes

By News team

Community pharmacist Raj Aggarwal OBE is calling on his colleagues across Wales to help people understand changes to the organ donation system in the country following landmark legislation passed by the National Assembly for Wales on 2 July 2013. The legislation changes the method of organ donation in Wales to an opt-in system.

Mr Aggarwal, a community pharmacy owner, National Pharmacy Association board member and chairman of Kidney Wales Foundation, said: "When The Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill is introduced the Welsh public will have three choices: to opt in and take the decision to actively sign up to be an organ donor; to opt out and actively sign off the organ donor register; or to do nothing [and] be deemed willing to be an organ donor," he explained, adding: "It is the introduction of option three that separates the approaches being taken in the [other] regions of the UK."

Until the introduction of the changes in 2015 anyone wanting to be become an organ donor is still required to sign the NHS Organ Donor Register, and Mr Aggarwal believes that community pharmacists across Wales have an important role to play in helping people understand the change.

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2013.11123372

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