HC Deb 23 April 1968 vol 763 cc6-7W
Captain Kerby

asked the Minister of Health if he will give the technical reasons why it is now being found advisable to segregate blood banks on a racial basis, as well as on a group basis; and how many such racial groups are now registered and segregated under the National Health Service.

Mr. K. Robinson

No account is taken of racial groups by the National Blood Transfusion Service in this country and there is no segregation of blood banks on a racial basis. Blood from donors, of whatever race, who have had malaria or lived for a long time in tropical or subtropical areas, is processed into dried plasma in order to avoid the risk of transmitting malaria.

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