Supporting the commitment to transparency in government 1,233 of the 1,234 comments have been published. Each person or organisation who contributed to the consultation was contacted directly to ask for permission to publish their views. Anonymity has been given to those who requested it, and just one response was specifically withheld on request from the respondent.
The Health Minister, Lesley Griffiths said:
“I was very pleased with the high number of responses submitted during the consultation period.
“I acknowledge now, as I did at the time, that organ donation is a highly emotive subject. This is why I thought it fair to publish all comments we received as part of the opinion gathering.
“I am also publishing new research conducted by Beaufort Research Ltd, who held six focus groups and conducted seven interviews across Wales to explore attitudes towards organ donation, and the Welsh Government’s proposals for legislation.
“I am pleased to note the broad support for organ donation amongst the focus group participants. Generally, people found it easier to argue for our opt-out proposals than against.
“At the same time the research shows us we need to raise awareness of the organ donation process in general and also of our proposals for an opt-out system.
“We are committed to a phased public awareness campaign in the two year lead in between the passage of the legislation in the Assembly and full implementation of the opt-out system.
“With this in mind, I plan to publish a Draft Bill for further consultation on the Welsh Government’s approach in June 2012.
"The aim is for the new system to be in place in 2015. It remains important for people to discuss their wishes with family and friends, and sign up to the Organ Donor Register."