Baroness Finlay of Llandaff

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Ilora Gillian Finlay, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, is a Welsh doctor, She is a professor of palliative medicine at Cardiff University School of Medicine, and a Crossbench member of the House of Lords.

She is a past president of the Royal Society of Medicine and she is consultant at the Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff.

In 2007, Lady Finlay introduced a private members bill seeking to change the current system of organ donation from 'opt in' to 'opt out'. Parliamentary timing did not allow for this bill to proceed but the principle continues to be debated. Two years later she succeeded in changing government policy on organ donation to allow potential organ donors to be able to specify a family member or close friend to whom they wish to donate their organ(s)

She has been particularly active in the area of cancer prevention:

In 2003 she proposed a bill to ban smoking in public buildings in Wales, three years before it was eventually implemented and in 2020, Finlay served as chairwoman of the Alcohol Harms Commission, which recommended that England establish a minimum unit price for alcohol.

Baroness Finlay is a co-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Carbon Monoxide Group, which brings together parliamentarians committed to tackling carbon monoxide poisoning. In October 2011, following a six-month inquiry which she chaired, the Group produced a report entitled Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, including a number of recommendations for policy and behaviour change. Lady Finlay also chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dying Well, which promotes palliative care.