§ Mr. Dobson
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether, in the light of the recent Old Bailey convictions, he is satisfied with the arrangements within the National Blood Transfusion Service and National Health Service hospitals for recording the movement and storage of blood and blood products.
§ Mr. Kenneth Clarke
As I indicated in my reply to my hon. Friend, the Member for Batley and Spen (Mts. Peacock) on 12 July, we have issued guidance to the NHS on improved standards of record keeping and stock control in NHS hospitals. This will complement the existing arrangements within the national blood transfusion service itself.
The incidents involved in the recent criminal proceedings appear to have been an isolated case which should not diminish the high reputation of our national blood transfusion service.