Earlier today I visited the British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science at Edinburgh University.

MSPs will soon debate the Transplantation(Authorisation of Removal of Organs etc.) (Scotland) Bill.

The private members bill from Scottish Labour MSP Anne McTaggart would introduce a “soft opt-out” system to Scotland which would permit the removal of organs unless the person objected during their lifetime.

The SNP should have a change of heart over their plans to delay any changes to the organ donor system in Scotland.

Evidence suggests that a move to a soft opt-out system could increase donation rates by up to 30%.

The Scottish Parliament has taken bold and radical action on health policy before, like the smoking ban.

We need an NHS fit for the 2040s, not the 1940s. That means taking decisions for the long-term, like introducing a soft opt-out system for organ donations.

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