Say what you will about mae’n hen wlad fy nhadau but we’re a pretty feisty bunch and will try anything once *wink wink*
This week the Welsh Assembly (not the gathering you had first thing in the morning at school but an actual governing body with actual powers!) voted in favour of mandatory organ donation for Welsh people. No, that doesn’t mean if you fail to pay the whopping £6.20 at the bridge we’ll pin you down and whip out a kidney…so calm down. It simply means that when you die, unless you opt out, your organs will automatically be used to save the lives of other people.
There’s been talk about this system for years and we’re so pleased it’s finally going ahead. To us it’s basic logic – your family don’t have to agonise about a decision they might be unequipped to make and you can save lives even after you’re dead.
Of course there have been opponents but Wales doesn’t take no crap from no one and has pushed ahead so that presumed consent for organ donation could come into force as early as 2015. It’s okay for people not to want to do it – it’s very much a personal choice. But putting the onus on those so creeped out by organ harvesting after their gone means that far more lives could be saved in the long run. Because if you’re that bothered about it you’ll take the time to fill out the form and say so.
You’ve got to wonder whether Westminster will sit up and listen as Wales pushes through new ways of doing things. Whilst the H Oh C is steeped in tradition and history it’s (often) refusal to look at new ways of doing things staggers us. This isn’t the first time Wales has beaten Westminster to the punch – the smoking ban, charging 5p for every carrier bag used in every shop to reduce waste, offering free Master degree places to qualified teachers to improve the standard of education in Wales and now this – we wouldn’t be surprised to see other landmark legislation being passed by AM’s in the next few years.
All eyes will move to the rest of the UK now. Wales has laid down the gauntlet. How will you respond?
Angharad is a former radio journalist balancing a career in PR with an insatiable writing habit that spans more topics than she can count on her smaller-than-average hands. She's passionate about the media, women's rights and politics with a love of travel, culture, entertainment and all things lifestyle on the side. Interests include prolific online shopping (bit of a reputation in the office), musicals, dinosaurs (be honest, they're awesome) and tweeting anything and everything from @Welsh_PR