MHKs give green light to 'Daniel's Bill' on organ donation

Thursday 31st October 2019 5:05 am
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The MHK proposing a new law on organ donation wants to name it after a teenager who helped others to live.

Martyn Perkins (Garff) wants to change the rules relating to consent on organ donation and he told the House of Keys that he hopes his Organ Donation Bill will, informally, bear the name of teenager Daniel Boyde, who lost his life in 2007.

’I propose the unofficial title of the bill to be "Daniel’s Bill", in memory of a young lad who died as the result of a car accident,’ said Mr Perkins.

’His donated organs dramatically changed the lives of many recipients. His mum, Diane Taylor, has since worked tirelessly for Organ Donation Isle of Man and has been part of the driving force behind Noble’s Hospital’s Organ Donation Memorial Garden.’

Mr Perkins was last week granted leave to introduce a private member’s bill that in effect would mean that the default position on organ donation would be for presumed consent, with an ’opt-out’ clause, as opposed to the current system, which has an ’opt-in’ clause.

The House of Keys had granted leave to introduce a bill once before, but before it could be drafted, England changed its law to follow the ’opt-out’ method, to replace ’opt-in’.

Mr Perkins said: ’As a result, our drafters have been able to make sure the proposed Isle of Man legislation dovetails with England and Wales, and our donated organs can seamlessly be transferred into the UK transplant service.’

He said he hoped the bill could be introduced next month.

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