Stem Cells: Donors

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 21st June 2018.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to encourage BAME people to register as stell cell donors.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Department funds Anthony Nolan and NHS Blood and Transplant to improve equity of access to unrelated donor stem cell transplantation for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) patients through targeted recruitment to the Anthony Nolan and the NHS Stem Cell Registry.

More than £20 million has been provided to NHS Blood and Transplant and Anthony Nolan for stem cell donation since 2015, and this funding includes very specific stipulations about the numbers of newly registered bone marrow donors, and the proportion umbilical cords stored in the United Kingdom Cord Blood Bank that must be from BAME backgrounds (35-40%).

In 2016 NHS Blood and Transplant began a partnership with Team Margot and launched the Golden Ticket campaign. This project created 35,000 Golden Tickets which were circulated to existing BAME and mixed-race blood donors to encourage them to sign on to the stem cell donor register.

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