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Edwina Hart withdraws bid for organ donation presumed consent LCO

Health Minister Edwina Hart has today started the process of withdrawing the assembly’s request for a legislative competence order  (LCO) to bring in a system of presumed consent for organ donation in Wales.

Speaking today she said she was disappointed that she had not been able to secure the powers within the lifetime of the current assembly government.

Mrs Hart said in the light of cross-party support she expected the next assembly to pass the legislation.

The move follows last week’s referendum vote in favour of primary law making powers on devolved matters for the Welsh National Assembly.

Mrs Hart today told the assembly :

“The referendum result has paved the way for a future Assembly Government to introduce an Assembly Bill, with appropriate legislative scrutiny taking place here in the Assembly.

“In that event Presiding Officer, it will be for you to decide whether or not in your view an Assembly Government proposed Bill is within the Assembly’s legislative competence.”

She added: “I am disappointed we have not been able to achieve our aim of securing legislative competence in relation to organ donation during the life of this Assembly.

“It must be for the next Assembly Government to bring to fruition my aspirations, and those of many Assembly colleagues, to introduce a Bill, the effect of which will be to increase the number of potential organs available for transplant – to save lives and improve the quality of life of our citizens.

“And as Health Minister, I would urge them to do just that. For now, however, we need not pursue the matter of the LCO any further, and I have taken steps for the LCO to be withdrawn.”

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