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Half of Scots fail to disclose organ donation wish

Health Secretary Shona Robison has today called on people across Scotland to have a ‘wee chat’ about organ donation with their friends and family in 2015.

The call comes as new research shows almost half of Scots (45 per cent) haven’t discussed their organ donation wishes with their family.

Although many think joining the NHS Organ Donor Register is enough, sharing organ donation wishes remains fundamental to relatives honouring a loved one’s choices in the event of their death.

Of those polled, one in ten (12 per cent) of those who said they were on the Register said they hadn’t talked about their organ donation wishes with their friends and family.

Ms Robison called on all Scots to make a resolution this New Year to discuss their organ donation choices with loved ones.

She said: “I have been on the Register for a number of years now, but I also know that I need to discuss these wishes with my family to ensure they honour my wishes in the event of my death.

“Having that conversation with loved ones is so vital, and I’d encourage everyone to make having a ‘wee chat’ their New Year’s resolution for 2015.

“Understandably, organ donation isn’t something that comes up in everyday conversation, but the reality is that your family are twice as likely to agree to donation if they know it’s what you would have wanted.

“We also know that in the last five years, almost two thirds of those who donated their organs weren’t on the NHS Organ Donor Register.

“We want to reach those people who haven’t thought about organ donation or haven’t decided either way. If you’ve made the positive decision to be an organ donor, please make the time to share that decision with those close to you.”

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