The New South Wales government has decided to confiscate organ donation register of the Road and Traffic Authority, as per a recent report, as part of its move to double the rates of donations. The step is being taken after the revelation that the state is currently having the lowest rates when it comes to organ donations.
However, the national target has been set at seeing at least 70% donations. The state is even failing to meet the same. It is being said that despite identification of 215 people as potential donors, only 77 actually came out for it, contributing only 36% of the set target.
Thus, doctors would now need to have an open discussion about the same rather than registering people via their driving licenses. It has been found that residents have one option of giving their names to Medicare and the other of doing the same while renewal of their license takes place. The latter though is administered by the Roads and Maritime Service or the RTA, which has not boosted donations so far.
It is being said that the register would now be given to the National Donor Registry under Medicare. Also, in order to inspire people to come forward for the noble cause, community education and awareness campaigns are being planned by the government.