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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.

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KEY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • 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 you would like to be involved in the work of the APPG or have any questions, please contact Ethan Spibey.