Minister needs to take action on blood donation

Green Party leader Steven Agnew MLA today, Wednesday 16 March, welcomed the High Court decision on blood donations.

Steven Agnew MLA said

“Over four years and £40,000 of taxpayers money has been wasted in unnecessary court battles on this issue.

“There is no evidence to support a lifetime ban and substantial evidence to allow men who have sex with men to donate blood after a one year deferral period as is allowed in the rest of the UK.

“While I welcome the court ruling that decision must now rest with the Health Minister, I would urge him to consider the ‘substantial new evidence’ from the Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) as soon as possible.”

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