Local Councillor welcomes change to blood donation rules

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Friday, May 1st, 2020

SDLP South Armagh Representative, Councillor Pete Byrne has welcomed the change in blood donation rules, which will allow more people to donate, while maintaining safety of blood supply. 

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The Slieve Gullion Councillor told Newry Times, “I warmly welcome this decision by Minister Swann to change these rules, which placed a 12-month delay on blood from primarily gay men.



“This rule was discriminatory and rooted in homophobia, as opposed to medical evidence,” he insisted.

“The Minister’s decision to reduce the delay to three months means that more people will be able to donate to our depleted blood supplies, while maintaining high standards.

“This is personally welcome news for me.



“As someone who was prohibited from donating blood before I reached my 10 donation milestone, I am looking forward to finally being able to make that contribution,” Councillor Byrne added.




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