|Debate on Final stages Tuesday 2 of July 2013 National Assembly For Wales
HUMAN TRANSPLANTATION (WALES) BILL
Kidney Wales Foundation dedicated the vote in favour of the Human Transplant (Wales) Bill in the Senedd today to all those waiting for an organ transplant.
Roy J. Thomas Chief Executive of Kidney Wales Foundation said “The new law gives hope for all those waiting for a transplant in Wales and will gladden the hearts of those in the UK who see this as a sign that other parts of the UK may follow this vote. This law when introduced in 2015 will have a positive effect on organ donation rates of some 25%-35% higher on average in presumed consent countries. In opting for this law Assembly Members have created history by opting for life.”
Mr Thomas stated “If you understand organ donation, you understand the importance of this law being passed today.”
He added “It was a good debate and the scrutiny of the Bill has been first class throughout. The consultation stages have made it good law. Credit must go to the number of people who have worked on this law from patients, volunteers in the first instance over some five years ago and charities the British Heart Foundation, British Lung Foundation, Welsh Kidney Patients Association, Diabetes Cymru , Cystic Fibrosis and also supporters of longstanding the British Medical Association.”
Mr Thomas paid tribute to all the Party Leaders who supported the legislation and Welsh Government. He said “ There was cross party support to the Bill and some votes went astray. We must work on those who failed to understand this legislation to support organ donation.”
One person dies every week in Wales waiting for an organ transplant. Three people die a day in the UK.
He added “Christian churches and faith groups all over the world support the system that we propose to implement here in Wales. Spain, France, Austria, Netherlands and Belgium and so do a vast majority of faith groups and Christians in Wales . “