ALL-PARTY PARLIAMENTARY GROUP ON BLOOD DONATION
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Blood Donation brings together Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum to raise awareness on the importance of donating blood and to advocate that all those who can safely donate blood should be able to donate.
Members: Stewart McDonald MP (Co-Chair), Paula Sherriff MP (Co-Chair), Stuart Andrew MP (Vice-Chair), Baroness Masham of Ilton (Officer), Angela Crawley MP, Will Wragg MP, Stephen Doughty MP, Joanna Cherry MP, Dr Eilidh Whiteford MP, Peter Kyle MP, John Nicolson MP
OBJECTIVES OF THE APPG
The APPG will work with the campaign on blood donation, FreedomToDonate to raise awareness and build support within and outside of Parliament, advocating that all those who can safely donate blood, should be able to donate. What’s more, the APPG with work with stakeholders and organisations to underline the importance of donating blood and conduct an inquiry to inform the announced review on blood donation criteria.
- A significant reduction in the current deferral period on men who have sex with men (MSM) from 12 months to 3 months;
- A similar policy, in line with medical evidence, for those classified as commercial sex workers and intravenous drug users;
- A commitment to review blood donor guidelines on a regular basis based on scientific evidence as part of SaBTO’s remit and according to EU regulations;
- A long term ambition to work towards a truly individual risk-based policy.
If it hadn’t been for the fact that people had given blood, my mother wouldn’t be here today. I want to do the same but because I’m a gay man, I can’t do so, that’s why I’m backing FreedomToDonate all the way.
Stuart Andrew MP ,
I will continue to campaign for the government to end this draconian policy. The current rules are still discriminatory and are not backed by the scientific evidence which supports a six month window before donating blood after a possible risk.
Caroline Lucas MP ,
Blood Banks are running dry. It’s time to allow gay men to donate safe and tested blood.
Michael Fabricant MP ,
It’s important that we get the maximum amount of people who want to donate actually donating. The time is right for the freedom to donate to be looked at again, so that people who want to donate can do so.
Nic Dakin MP ,
Blood donation is vital to save lives. Current, outdated restrictions block thousands of healthy people from donating. The APPG on Blood Donation seeks to bring policy into line with medical need and scientific evidence.
Angela Crawley MP ,
Donating blood is a life-changing thing to do. This is why I amproud to be supporting the APPG on Blood Donation in their work to tackle outdated restrictions preventing people from saving someone’s life.