National Blood Service

Health written question – answered on 27th June 2005.

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Photo of Rob Wilson Rob Wilson Conservative, Reading East

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps are being made to increase the availability of (a) B negative, (b) AB positive and (c) AB negative blood groups in the National Blood Service blood banks.

Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The National Blood Service (NBS) is continually working to maintain blood stocks, through a range of marketing and communication techniques. For example, on 14 June 2005, the NBS hosted World Blood Donor Day at eight events across the country, which celebrated the lives that have been saved by the generous donation of blood from donors. World Blood Donor Day was an opportunity to thank blood donors and raise awareness of the constant need for blood and blood donors.

NBS blood stocks are currently good. The table shows NBS's red cell stocks as at 17 June 2005.

Red cell stocks

Number of

validated units


number of

days supply

Total red blood cell stocks 47,101 7.39
B negative red blood cell stocks 528 4.15
AB positive red blood cell stocks 1,332 10.11
AB negative red blood cell stocks 165 3.93

In addition to NBS stocks, each hospital blood bank will keep an appropriate stock of blood.

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