The number of organ transplants in the Netherlands fell by six percent last year, from 817 in 2018 to 769 in 2019, transplantation foundation NTS announced on Monday. The foundation attributes the decrease in transplants to the fact that fewer people donated their organs after death. There was a striking increase in surviving relatives blocking a transplant after death.
Over half of Dutch haven't yet indicated whether they want to donate their organs after they die. The new organ donation law takes effect on July 1st next year. From then on Dutch adults who have not explicitly said that they do not want their organs donated, will automatically be considered an organ donor, NOS reports.
Exactly one year before the implementation of the new organ donor system - in which those who do not explicitly object to donating their organs after death are automatically registered as a donor - half of Dutch adults are not yet registered on the donor system. Of those who are registered, the lion's share indicated that they do not want to be an organ donor, RTL Nieuws reports.
A debate on the new, highly controversial, organ donation law in the Eerste Kamer, the Dutch Senate, went on well into the night on Tuesday, but did not come to a decisive end. The Senators want initiator, D66 parliamentarian Pia Dijkstra, to first clarify a number of questions and therefore decided to postpone voting on the law by a week, NOS reports.
The number of Dutch who explicitly said 'no' to being organ donors increased by 152 thousand to 1.71 million since early 2016, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. In the same period the number of people who did give permission for their organs to be donated also increased, by 36 thousand to 3.6 million.
A massive 4,495 people in the Netherlands decided that they do not want to be organ donors after all since the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of parliament, adopted a new donor law on Tuesday. According to figures from the Ministry of Public Health, these organ donors withdrew their consent for their organs to be used after their death
The D66's plan to have every Dutch citizen automatically registered as an organ donor, unless he specifically indicates that he does not want this, is dead. The CDA decided to go against the plan, thereby making a parliamentary majority.