THERE is a shortage of organ donors and people are dying waiting for a transplant.
But there is a simple solution, which the Evening Times Opt For Life campaign is calling for, which is to change to a system of presumed consent with all the necessary safeguards built in to protect those who do not wish to take part.
There is widespread support from both the medical profession and the general public, and politicians in Scotland have shown their .
The paper was named Scottish Campaigning Newspaper Of The Year, while Ann Fotheringham won Campaigning Journalist Of The Year at the Scottish Press Awards for her work on the Streets Ahead campaign, which encourages people to improve their communities.
Caroline Wilson was a finalist in Campaigning Journalist Of The Year category at the Scottish Press Awards for her work on the Opt For Life campaign.
The need for organs is expected to increase in the coming years and therefore unless we are going to allow more people to die needlessly we must come up with a solution.
Opt Out is the solution, which works in countries like Spain, France and Austria, where presumed consent has led to more organs available for transplant and more lives saved.
10,000 have already signed our petition which will be presented to the Scottish Parliament later this year.
You can sign up to the campaign in various ways, to convince government of the need for a change in the law.
Opt Out means opting for life and transforming the lives of those waiting for a transplant and giving them and their families the chance to lead a full life once again.
HOW TO HELP
WE need your help to make this happen and save more lives. Sign our petition to lend your support to an ‘opt-out’ system for organ donation at www.eveningtimes.co.uk
You can also sign up on Twitter and Facebook via http://bit.ly/etoptin. And don’t forget to send the link to all of your friends and relatives.
In the meantime, to join the existing national organ donor register, text ‘ETDONATE’ to 61611.
Texts are charged at the usual standard network rate (any texts sent in reply are free of charge to the recipient). You can also join the list by calling the NHS Donor Line on 0300 123 23 23. Lines are open 24 hours a day all year round. Calls are charged at your contracted rate for local calls.
Those who wish to register online can also do so by filling out a form on www.organdonationscotland.org/nhs_organ_donor_register.html