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Organ Donation

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Update: 3rd August 2016 As published in the Autumn 2016 issue of Townswoman, this mandate was passed unanimously at the AGM.

TG firmly believes that next of kin should not have the right to prevent doctors from taking any parts from the body that a registered donor has consented to donate. 

This topic has been proposed by Colwyn Coffee TG and will be debated at the AGM in Bournemouth on Tuesday 28th June. More information will be printed in the Summer 2016 issue of Townswoman, which will be issued towards the end of April. If you still have it, there is also some information in the December 2006 issue which, while now ten years old still provides solid background to the topic.

TG has campaigned on issues surrounding organ donation before, following a mandate passed in 1999:

Townswomen's Guilds in Council assembled urges HM Government not to amend the law to allow organ donation by presumed consent.

Since then, matters have progressed and Wales now has a system of presumed consent in place. However, please note that this is not what we will be discussing at the AGM; the focus of the mandate is on next of kin refusing to allow organs to be taken from registered donors and so too should your research and discussion in advance of the AGM.

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Taking Action

In light of the mandate being passed, TGHQ has been working to further our campaign and spread the word; however, we need our members to get as involved as possible if we really want this campaign to make an impact. While the crux of the issue surrounds getting families to talk about their wishes ahead of time, this mandate allows us to spread our reach and educate communities around us.

Some suggestions of how you might do this were included in the Autumn 2016 issue of ?Townswoman? and more information will be included in the mailing.


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Val Mills
Posted: Saturday, 16 Apr 2016 09:00
Regarding your proposal, I am doing some research for my to to explained the proposal and so far I can only find out via the organ transplant phone line and reading the legislative framework that next of kin consulted after death but if they object it will be pointed out that they have no legal right to stop donation. If this is the case then I do not understand your proposal. I look forward to you making this clearer so that we can debate this.
Rhiannon Batsford
Posted: Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 10:24
Hi Val, thank you for your question. While on paper it is the case that next of kin have no legal right to overrule a donor's decision, in practice it has been found that they are still being allowed to do so in some instances. The purpose of the mandate proposal, therefore, is to take up the challenge of raising awareness and encouraging open discussion in families about the topic, in hopes that this will allow next of kin to be aware of a donor's wishes before the question has to be asked and leave them better prepared to uphold their loved one's wishes. Adopting the proposal would allow TG to become a proactive force in this endeavour and support relevant bodies where possible. Should you have any further queries, do feel free to call or email me and I will do my best to advise. Further information will also be in the Summer 2016 issue of Townswoman which is set to be mailed at the end of this week.

Patricia Barker
Posted: Thursday, 14 Apr 2016 11:33
Thank you Rhiannon for your prompt and helpful reply.
Patricia Barker
Posted: Wednesday, 13 Apr 2016 12:50
I absolutely agree with the sentiments of this mandate but some of the members of Timperley Evening TG have posed the following question. On the back of the current donor cards is the proviso that permission of next of kin must be obtained by medical practitioners before organs can be removed for donation. Is it the intention of the mandate to change this text?
Rhiannon Batsford
Posted: Wednesday, 13 Apr 2016 01:38
Hi Patricia, thank you for your question. This is certainly an aspect of the discussion that we will look at, and a question to be asked to those involved, and if necessary we can push for such a change to be made if the mandate goes through; however it is not the sole aim of the mandate, which if passed will also cover the need to educate and communicate intentions with family before any decisions need to be made.

Dene Partridge
Posted: Thursday, 17 Mar 2016 03:25
I agree with the topic for discussion on donor organs at the A.G.M.


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