Blood: Donors

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow DUP Spokesperson (International Development), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Cabinet Office)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what the change has been in the number of people making blood donations between 2008 and 2018.

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

NHS Blood and Transplant is responsible for the collection, manufacturing and issuing of blood products to the NHS in England. NHS Blood and Transplant collects around 1.5 million blood donations every year to make sure hospitals have the blood they need to treat patients.

The following table below shows that the number of active blood donors has decreased by 11.61% between 2008 and 2018.

Date

Active Donors1

January - December 2008

1,478,332

January - Dec ember 2009

1,447,808

January - December 2010

1,408,849

January - December 2011

1,375,145

January - December 2012

1,330,783

January - December 2013

1,289,266

January - December 2014

1,237,652

January - December 2015

1,281,695

January - December 2016

1,275,292

January - December 2017

1,259,175

January - December 2018

1,306,752

Source: NHS Blood and Transplant

Note:

1The data are based on a two-year measure. This is because up until 2014, NHS Blood and Transplant’s active donor base was based on donors who had made at least one donation within two years, and not within one year as is now the case with NHS Blood and Transplant.

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