Open letter to the National Blood Service

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7343.979/b (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:979
  1. Arabella Melville, independent consultant for the NHS
  1. Bryn Derwen, 1 Osmond Terrace, Porthmadog, Gwynedd LL49 9AN

    EDITOR—Another invitation to give blood has arrived, bringing with it a now familiar wash of guilt. I have not given since last July, and I am not sure whether I shall ever do it again. My sister, whose rare blood group makes her contribution particularly valuable, will not go either, and for the same reasons.

    We both had blood taken by someone who was not competent to do the job. We both suffered pain and extensive bruising. Giving blood is not pleasant but it …

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