• Kenneth Gibson MSP

Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill

On Tuesday, Kenneth was delighted to speak in the Stage 3 Debate of the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill, which passed with 116 votes in favour, 3 against and 2 abstentions.

"Of course, individual choice must be protected. That is why the bill introduces a soft opt-out that incorporates safeguards and conditions that might include seeking authorisation from a person’s nearest relative in cases involving certain groups of people or specific circumstances. Deemed authorisation will not apply to under-16s, people who have been resident in Scotland for less than 12 months and those without capacity. It will not be a case of asking the family for their views or overriding the wishes of donors; the family will be asked what they believe were the views of their deceased relative."

To view Kenneth's contribution in full, click on the video.