HC Deb 29 November 2000 vol 357 cc629-30W
Fiona Mactaggart

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 19 July 2000,Official Report, column 226W, on bone marrow donors, what further steps have been taken by the National Blood Service to recruit more blood and bone marrow donors from the Asian community. [139711]

Mr. Denham

The Department recently had a productive meeting with "Friends of Life", an organisation whose aim is to increase the number of Asian bone marrow donors. The Department and the National Blood Service are continuing to look at how bone marrow donors are recruited in the United Kingdom and how the systems already in place could be improved to meet the needs of ethnic communities.