Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

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

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Supplementary images

  • Welsh flag

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.