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Poll: Would you opt out of a system for organ donation?

Health Minister Simon Harris plans to introduce an opt out system in Ireland in the near future.

Health Minister Simon Harris says Ireland
Health Minister Simon Harris says Ireland "needs to change its attitude to organ donation".
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TODAY, HEALTH MINISTER Simon Harris announced he has received government approval to prepare legislation to introduce an opt-out system for organ donation in Ireland.

In practice, it would mean that consent will be assumed for the donation of organs after a person has died. The next of kin will “always be consulted” prior to organ removal, Harris said.

If you don’t wish for your organs to be donated in the event of your death, you will have to choose to “opt out” of this system.

In a statement today, Harris said: “Ireland needs to change its attitude to organ donation…  I want to see a time where organ donation is the norm when people pass away in circumstances in which donation is a possibility.”

So, tonight we’re asking you: Would you opt out of a system for organ donation?


Poll Results:

No (8231)
Yes (1944)
Not sure (538)



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Sean Murray

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