Written Answers. - Blood Transfusion Service.

Bernard Allen


509 Mr. Allen asked the Minister for Health and Children if he is concerned at the recent reports that blood donations have dropped by over 10%; and the steps he will take in this regard. [19256/00]

I am advised that there are sufficient stocks of blood available at the Irish Blood Transfusion Service – IBTS – to meet current hospital requirements. Donations levels have dropped in recent weeks due in large part to the involvement of donors in preparing their children for a return to school. The IBTS is implementing a number of initiatives to address this situation which include more radio and print media advertising, the establishment of a new mobile collection in Carlow and the appointment of a donor recruitment officer who will concentrate on recruiting donors and developing the schools programme.