Dr Oliver Armstrong-Scott writes that a simple, long overdue change in New Zealand’s policy for blood donations would benefit everyone

NZ Blood Service – Time to Update the Rules

The New Zealand Blood Service recently pleaded for Kiwis to continue donating blood during the Covid-19 lockdown to ensure supplies do not run out. As a medical doctor, I have seen firsthand the absolute necessity of a secure supply of blood donations to keep us, the New Zealand public, alive when we fall ill.

Despite this urgent need, many men, including myself, have been left humiliated after being turned away at donation centre doors. Because of this, vulnerable patients are now left wondering whether there will be enough life-preserving blood to go around.

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SOURCE: Potential Covid-19 shortages highlight our homophobic blood bank policy

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