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Gay blood ban decision should be reversed - Michelle Gildernew

22 September, 2011 - by Westminster

Sinn Féin MLA Michelle Gildernew said that Health Minister Edwin Poots is wrong by continuing with a life time ban against members of the gay community donating blood.

The Chair of the Health Committee said:

“This decision is wrong and Edwin Poots needs to reverse it. The minister is bringing his own prejudice into play here and has taken this decision without consultation with the Health Committee. This is just feeding into the discrimination that people from the gay, lesbian and bi-sexual community already suffer.

“It goes without saying that we need to have robust screening of blood, whoever it comes from. I don’t believe the minister’s views are shared by everyone in the DUP and this act of discrimination against people within our community, who in the end of the day are prepared to give blood which would be used to save lives, needs to be reversed immediately.”

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