The RCN has published its new position on consent for organ and tissue donation after death, stating qualified support for an opt-out system.
This means the RCN supports an opt-out system of consent so long as certain safeguards, supports and resources are in place. These include limiting the opt-out to adults, putting in place awareness and education programmes in advance of any changes and engaging with families in the process.
Committee Chair Melanie Johnson said:
“The matter of organ and tissue donation is a sensitive and complex one, but the response from RCN members clearly supports the move to an opt-out system with conditions attached. The survey shows our members understand the issues at play in attempts to increase donations, and with almost 90% saying we need more donors there is still much to do.”
Read the full article on the RCN website here: https://www.rcn.org.uk/news-and-events/news/organ-donation