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Decline in altruism threatens blood supplies

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7170.1405 (Published 21 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1405
  1. Annabel Ferriman
  1. BMJ

    The National Blood Authority is worried about the future of blood supplies after the publication of research suggesting that altruism is slowly declining as a feature of British society.

    “We commissioned research because we are constantly struggling to keep up with the demand for blood, which is rising at 3-4% a year,” said Sue Cunningham, spokeswoman for the authority. “We also have to deal with the government waiting list initiative.”

    The research, presented at a conference in London last week, showed that there has been a slow but steady decline in altruism …

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