UK Government DoH Consultation on introducing 'opt-out' consent for organ and tissue donation in England
The government considers that it is the right time to revisit the issue of consent and to change the legal default on consent for organ and tissue donation in England. It favours an opt-out system, similar to that already in place in Wales and in the pipeline in Scotland. The purpose of this consultation is to consider how changes to the organ donation system in England should be implemented and whether there are other steps that should be taken. Only organ and tissue donation after death is being considered.
In particular, the consultation seeks responses on the following:
- Proposals to make it easier for people to register their decision on organ and tissue donation. This is to ensure decisions people make about organ donation are honoured after their death.
- Proposals to change the law so that people would be considered willing to be an organ donor unless they decide to opt out. We invite views on the potential impact on certain groups, for example, people who have protected characteristics in law such as disability, race, religion or belief.
- How family members should be involved in confirming decisions in future.
- Proposals for changes, exemptions and safeguards for certain groups of people under the new system.
The consultation document can be viewed here. CMF will be submitting a response, to Q.9 in particular.
The consultation closes on 6 March 2018.
Scottish Government - Consultation over Review of the Gender Recognition Act 2004
The Government in Scotland is consulting over a review of the process by which people in Scotland may apply for recognition of their acquired gender identity.
The Scottish Government believes that the requirements laid down in the 2004 Gender Recognition Act are too intrusive and onerous, and need to be both reformed and simplified. Proposed reforms include:
removing requirements for applicants to provide medical evidence and to have lived in their acquired gender for two years before applying that the minimum age for applying for legal gender recognition should be reduced from 18 to 16
The consultation also discusses what arrangements should be put in place in relation to applications by, or on behalf of, those aged under 16. It also seeks views on what recognition should be given to non-binary people, who do not identify as either male or female. In both of these areas, the consultation outlines a number of potential options, and seeks views.
CMF will be submitting a response. The consultation document can be found here and the response form here. The closing date is 1 March 2018.