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McKay welcomes lifting of lifetime blood ban

2 June, 2016

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said the lifting of the lifetime ban on blood donation by gay men is a positive and welcome development.

The Sinn Féin health spokesperson said; 

"I welcome the news that Michelle O’Neill has lifted the lifetime ban of blood donations by gay men.

"It is also encouraging that this decision has been endorsed by the Executive.

"It goes without saying that we need to have robust screening of blood. However, everyone should be encouraged to give what could be life-saving blood regardless of their sexual orientation.”

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