Dobson lodges donor bill at Stormont

Joice Mathews with Joanne Dobson MLA
Joice Mathews with Joanne Dobson MLA

Upper Bann MLA and Party Health Spokesperson, Jo-Anne Dobson, has formally lodged her Organ Donation Private Members Bill with the Assembly Speaker’s Office.

The Bill will move Northern Ireland to a new soft opt-out system and bring the country into line with the changes taking place in Wales later this year, and which are also progressing in Scotland.

Mrs Dobson said: “I was delighted to once again be flanked by the organ donation family of charity members and campaigners at Stormont as I submitted my Bill to the Assembly Speaker.

“It was very fitting that this coincided with the start of National Transplant Week, a week in which we think about those who have received the gift of life and also those families who, at a time of grief, have made the decision to donate their loved ones’ organs. Last week the Department of Health revealed support was increasing for the soft opt-out movement and I pay particular tribute to all those charities and groups who have been spearheading the campaign here in Northern Ireland. Together our ultimate aim is to save lives by changing the law and making organ donation the norm in our society.”