Organ donor registration will not change: minister

Health minister Edith Schippers told parliament on Tuesday afternoon she will not change the current opt-in system for organ donor registration.

A change to an opt-in system would be an infringement of people’s right to self-determination, the Volkskrant reports her as saying.
The shortage of donor organs has been a subject of contention for some years, with various organisations suggesting suggestions ranging from the opt-in system to improving communication.
Schippers wants to increase the number of organ transplants by concentrating on hospital staff, says the Volkskrant. ‘If organ donation is given priority in all hospitals and all the staff are aware of their responsibility, then the number of transplants can be higher,’ she said.
The current advertising campaign ‘The Netherlands says yes’ is a success and will be continued, according to the minister. In 2010 233,000 new donors registered.
In total, the Netherlands has 5.5 million organ donors.

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