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Organ Donation (Presumed Consent) Bill 2008-09

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Ballot Bill)
Sponsor:
Mr Jeremy Browne

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill as Introduced | PDF version, 79KB 06.03.2009

Latest news on the Organ Donation (Presumed Consent) Bill 2008-09

The Bill was debated at Second Reading on 13 March. The Bill was still being debated at the end of the day's session and so the debate was adjourned.

The debate was completed on 19 June and the Bill is currently waiting for a date to begin its consideration in a public bill committee.

N.B. This Bill will make no further progress as the 2008-09 Session of Parliament has ended.

Summary of the Organ Donation (Presumed Consent) Bill 2008-09

The aim of the Bill is to introduce a presumption that consent has been given for the donation of organs for transplantation unless the person who has died has previously registered an objection to this. Exceptions to this presumption would be made only

  • if the person’s spouse, partner, parent or child could provide information that the person had expressed an objection to organ donation that had not been registered
  • if proceeding with the donation would cause distress to the person’s spouse, partner, parent or child.

The Bill would establish a register of persons who object to their organs being used for transplantation, and would impose a requirement for the register to be consulted before any transplantations took place.

The Bill would also provide that organs could not be removed for transplantation unless two registered medical practitioners had certified the death.

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