Blood donation ban to be lifted in October for people ho had lived in the UK

silverharp

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timing seems curious with Brexit around the corner, good move regardless.


Up until now, anyone who lived in the UK between 1980 and 1996 for more than a year has been not allowed to give a blood donation in Ireland.

But next month, from 7 October, that ban will be lifted.

The rule was originally imposed during an epidemic of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, otherwise known as Mad Cow Disease.

In a statement, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service said the ban resulted in the loss of approximately 10,000 donors and has been a source of annoyance to those donors that they have not been able to donate since that date.
 


Round tower

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Great news and hopefully people who was affected by the ban will now take the opportunity to donate blood
 

recedite

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I was one of those banned, but I won't be going back because other things happened that were never resolved.
There was the whole anti-D scandal. There was a load of blood that was left unrefrigerated in some warehouse and had to be thrown out. There was some guy in the blood bank who also had a private company which sourced blood products in the USA, buying blood from homeless junkies, then selling it on to the Irish blood bank. I don't think any of these people were ever held to account.
So they may have forgiven me, but I haven't forgiven them.

 


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