Blood Service, Tissue and Organ Donations

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2007 National LGBT Conference
26 July 2007

Conference notes that Resolution 92 passed at the UNISON National Delegate Conference (NDC) 2006, called for a review of research in the ban by the Blood Services across the United Kingdom (UK), of gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Conference further notes that the resolution also asked that UNISON have an effective input into any Blood Service review of the language and literature used in the Donor Screening Policy.

Conference acknowledges the work undertaken by the National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Committee (NLGBTC) in this area, but further acknowledges that progress has been too slow. This is despite similar motions have been carried by our National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Conference year-on-year.

Conference further notes that there may be a similar ban in place in respect of organ and tissue donation and there are different models across the UK, creating a conflict and inconsistent approach to donation.

Conference therefore, requests the National LGBT Committee to:

1.Actively engage the Blood Services across the UK and ensure that gay and bi men are not seen to be discriminated against;

2.Outline more inclusive international models of blood donation for LGBT people in these discussions;

3.Campaign for a consistent policy to the approach of blood, tissue and organ donation;

4.Contact the National Executive Council (NEC) and other National Service Group Executives, with the aim of making significant progress on this issue.