N.B. to study presumed consent for organ and tissue donation

New Brunswick Health Minister Ted Flemming says presumed consent for organ and tissue donation is "well worth considering."

CBC reports Flemming has asked Department of Health officials to get a copy of Nova Scotia's bill and "examine its potential" for New Brunswick, he said.

Earlier this week, Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil tabled a bill that would make the province the first jurisdiction in North America to have presumed consent for organ and tissue donation upon death. The bill would apply to most adults.

More than 150 New Brunswickers are waiting for organs, including 128 waiting for either livers or kidneys.

(with files from CBC)