Panel Debate: “An Opt-Out Organ Donor Register: What is it, and should NI have one?”


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Panel Debate: “An Opt-Out Organ Donor Register: What is it, and should NI have one?” Dr Chris Hingston (CLOD South Wales), Dr Paul Glover (Regional CLOD, Belfast, NI) and Nathan Emmerich (QUB). 1230-1400, Friday the 18th of March 2016. Old Staff Common Room, QUB.*

A flyer for this event can be found here [.pdf].

As of December 2015 an opt-out approach to organ donation has been adopted in Wales. This means that, following their death, those who live in Wales are presumed to be wiling to donate their organs to others. Those who are not willing to donate must register their objection. In surveys a high percentage of the population says that they are willing to donate but far fewer actually register their consent the hope is that this will increase the number of organs available for transplant and, therefore, the number of lives saved. This event will be a panel discussion of the opt-out approach and include a talk entitled ‘Wales: Opting In To Opt Out?’ by Dr Chris Hingston, the Clinical Lead for Organ Donation in South Wales. Chris will be joined by Dr Paul Glover (Regional Clinical Lead for Organ Donation in Belfast, NI) and Nathan Emmerich (QUB). The participatory discussion will focus on whether NI should follow the lead of Wales and move to an opt-out system of organ donor registration.

Attendance is free and open to all, however you should reserve a place via the event page on the Imagine! website.

* The Old Staff Common Room at QUB is marked on this campus map [.pdf].


This will be the second of three events organised by the NIEF as part of the 2016 Imagine: A Festival of Ideas taking place in Belfast 14th – 21st of March 2016. The other NIEF events in this programme are:

1: Controversies about the Human Right to Health by Jo Wolff (UCL). 12.30-2pm, Monday the 14th of March 2016, Canada Room, QUB.

3: Editing the Genome: What do the Public think about Engineering Human Beings? by Silvia Camporesi (KCL). 1430-1600, Saturday the 19th of March 2016, Crescent Arts Centre.

A flyer for all three events can be found here [.pdf].