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Ban on payment to donors causes blood shortage in India

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7126.167j (Published 17 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:167
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    Blood banks and hospitals across India are reporting an acute scarcity of blood after a Supreme Court order to ban payment to donors came into effect on 1 January.

    Blood banks in the private sector as well as in government hospitals have turned away patients, and doctors have expressed fears that the ban will drive the trade in paid blood underground.

    India's annual demand for blood is about …

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