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Consultation on organ donation opt-out system

The Government has just announced their intention to launch a public consultation on increasing rates of organ donation. The proposals will include a new opt-out system for organ donation for England, similar to that already operating in Wales and under discussion in Scotland. The consultation will be launched by the end of the year and will focus on the following areas:

how government can increase rates of organ donation, particularly from black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities

how the issue of consent should be managed within the NHS what role technology could play in helping people to discuss their preferences with family

how opt-out could work in practice, what safeguards would be necessary, and how families could be supported

CMF plans to make a submission to the consultation - further details to follow

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.

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