I was really glad that our last full council meeting unanimously agreed to back the motion which I was honoured to move with Bailie Jean McFadden’s support. I am really grateful that Jean seconded the motion because I know this is a cause dear to both of us. When my friend Peter was receiving his dialysis treatment it was often next to her husband John at the same hospital. Jean spoke movingly of John’s kidney failure and the Second Chance campaign which he set up which also called for a move to a presumed consent system for organ donations.
The motion in full read:
1. That although 90% of people say they support organ donation, for lots of reasons only a quarter of the UK population is on the organ donor register;
2. That 3 people die every day across the UK while waiting for an organ transplant; and
3. That support for a change to a soft opt out system is backed by major charities, including the British Heart Foundation, Kidney Research UK, Diabetes UK, the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, and the British Medical Association (BMA).
Council therefore congratulates the Evening Times on its current campaign to secure more donors and urging the Scottish Government to adopt a soft opt-out system of organ donation to address a national shortage of donors on the register.
Council therefore agrees:
1. To add our support to the campaign;
2. To encourage residents, councillors and employees to join the current donor register;
3. To publicise our support for the campaign through all council media channels; and
4. To send a copy of this motion to all MSPs.