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- First Minister’s call for action on the Welsh language
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The Welsh Government has followed the principles of openness in government for many years. Find out how you can make a freedom of information request or see requests that have already been made.
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Section highlightIndex of Planning Policy Guidance for Wales
Our land use planning policy guidance is set out in two core documents, "Planning Policy Wales" and "Minerals Planning Policy Wales".
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Addressing the Assembly in the Senedd today, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, detailed the eight bills in the Welsh Government’s 5-year Legislative Programme that will be brought forward during the second year of the Welsh Assembly.Learn more »
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Examples of infrastructure investment projects funded by the Welsh Government across Wales.Learn more »
We are committed to continuing efforts to increase organ donation rates.
Have a heart to heart with your family and friends
When families are faced with a difficult decision on whether to donate a relative’s organs, they often say no as they were unsure of what their loved one would have wanted.
Research suggests if family members know that organ donation is what the deceased would have wanted, in almost 90% of cases, relatives will agree to participate in the donation process.
The same research work indicates that if next of kin are aware of the deceased person’s wishes around organ donation, they will usually follow these wishes, whether it is to donate the organs or not.
In addition, the next of kin feel that they don’t have to make the decision themselves as they are simply following the previously known wishes of their loved ones.
So pledge to have a heart to heart with your family today. Details on how to register your wish to be an organ donor can be found at the bottom of the page.
Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill
We introduced the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill to the National Assembly for Wales on Dec 3rd 2012. The Bill will introduce a soft opt-out system for consent to deceased organ and tissue donation in Wales.
The aim of the Bill is to increase the number of organs and tissues available for transplant. This will benefit the people of Wales by reducing the number of people dying whilst waiting for a suitable organ to become available and improving the lives of others.
If the legislation is passed, an extensive two year public information campaign will follow to ensure members of the public are fully informed on what the changes will mean and the choices they can make.
The Bill and details of the legislative processes can be found on the National Assembly for Wales website
Soft opt-out system
In a soft opt-out system a person’s consent to donation will be deemed to have been given unless they objected during their lifetime - a process called opting out - but where those closest to the deceased will still have an important role to play in the process.
Under the new law, adults who live and die in Wales will be deemed to have given their consent to donation unless they:
- Register a wish to be a donor (opt in) or
- Register a wish not to be a donor (opt out)
Transplanting organs and tissues is one of the most successful forms of medical treatment. One donor can improve or save up to nine lives by donating their organs and many more through the donation of their tissues. Most people say they are in favour of organ donation and would accept an organ if they needed one, but this is not reflected in the donation rate or the number of people on the current Organ Donor Register.
As a result of many improvements, Wales has seen a 49% increase in donation rates since 2008. However there is still a shortage of organs for transplant. In 2011/12, 41 people in Wales died whilst waiting for an organ.
Very few people die in the circumstances where organ donation will be a possibility. Therefore it is important to have a system in place to ensure the maximum number of donors as possible can be identified.
How can I register a wish to be a donor now?
Members of the public can sign up to the NHS Organ Donor Register in a variety of ways, including:
- registering online;
- by contacting the NHS Donor Line (0300 123 23 23);
- when registering for a driving licence with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA);
- when registering with a GP;
- when requesting a European Health Insurance Card; and
- applying for a Boots Advantage Card.