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Safe blood? Saving lives costs money

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 22 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:273
  1. P J Hamilton
  1. Department of Haematology, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP.

    EDITOR, - A few months ago two French doctors went to prison because of a governmental failure to prevent blood products contaminated with HIV being given to patients despite there being the technology available to detect the virus in donated blood. The high cost of doing the tests and throwing contaminated blood away was given as the excuse for causing disease in patients.

    A few weeks ago Dr Gunson, the director of the English National Blood Transfusion Service, reassured …

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