Queensland Health Minister Shannon Fentiman is now calling for the federal government to introduce a “more inclusive approach to blood donation in Australia”.
The request written to federal health minister Mark Butler asked for individual risk assessments to be applied to whole blood donations.
“We know that many people who could safely donate blood, and who want to help others, are unable to do so under the current rules,” Fentiman told The Guardian.
“I was pleased to see that [Red Cross] Lifeblood is removing donor deferrals for plasma donations, and removing barriers for whole blood donations would be a further step in the right direction.”
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