HC Deb 05 June 1990 vol 173 cc596-7W
Mr. Cousins

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for each National Health Service region, what was the cost of purchases of blood and blood products(a) external to the region, and (b) from outside the United Kingdom.

Mr. Dorrell

[holding answer 23 May 1990]: The cost of blood for those regions which were net receivers from regional transfusion centres elsewhere in the United Kingdom, for the financial year 1989–90, is given in the table. No blood is imported from outside the United Kingdom.

Information on the value of the blood products supplied by the bio products laboratory (formerly the blood products laboratory) is commercially sensitive. Information on the value of the blood products imported into the United Kingdom is not held centrally either for individual regions or in total.

Costs associated with blood supplied from other regions (net costs)1
Region £
East Anglian 3,334

Region £
North-West Thames 81,091
North-East Thames 156,371
South-East Thames 439,208
South-West Thames
South Western
West Midlands
North Western
Wales 1,429
1 The receiving region pays the supplying region a sum to cover its costs of collecting, processing and transport.

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