The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, has undermined the British Medical Association’s attempts to provide hope to the families of Britain’s 10,000 transplant patients. Morgan’s strict Christian beliefs have led him to decry the Welsh government’s preferred donation policy, an ‘opt-out’ system (where consent for organ donation is considered implicit unless the person has specifically opted out).
One transplant patient, Emma Smith from Pontypool, said: ‘I wonder if he would oppose the opt-out system if he or a close relative needed a kidney transplant to save their life’.
Of those in the transplant queue, around 1,000 a year (or three every day) die waiting.
Further information about becoming a donor is available at NHSBT Organ Donation.