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UK blood donation ban to be lifted in October

Up until now, anyone who lived in the UK between 1980 and 1996 has been not allowed to give a blood donation in Ireland.

11.9.2019

Up until now, anyone who lived in the UK between 1980 and 1996 for more than a year has been not allowed to give a blood donation in Ireland. But next month, from 7 October, that ban will be lifted

Up until now, anyone who lived in the UK between 1980 and 1996 has been not allowed to give a blood donation in Ireland.

In a statement, the Irish Blood Transfusion Service said the ban resulted in the loss of approximately 10,000 donors and has been a source of annoyance to those donors that they have not been able to donate since that date.

He said four cases were detected in the UK and that is why the rule was put in place.

"There has been no further cases and we felt that after a period of 20 years, from 1999 to the present, that it was appropriate that we looked at the science again," he said.

Read more: RTÉ News

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