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Deaf = can’t donate blood

Posted Oct 30 2008 6:01pm

The following is a letter from UKCOD.

To all UK Council on Deafness Members

Recently we asked you to send us details of evidence of discrimination against deaf people by the NHS. One of the cases that was sent to us was a refusal by the National Blood Service to allow deaf people to donate blood. The reasons they gave for this included: ‘Concern about understanding’ and ‘truth telling to the interpreter’ .

We have had conversations with the National Blood Service to point out that this is unacceptable. As a result they have agreed to conduct trial donor sessions for deaf people so that they can develop an interview process that meets their regulatory requirements and is accessible to deaf people.

They have asked us to identify deaf organisations that would be interested in participating in a trial donor session. If you are interested and would like further information do please get back to me.

Kind regards
Jonathan Isaac
UK Council on Deafness
Westwood Park , London Road , Little Horkesley, Colchester , CO6 4BS
Tel: 01206 274075
Text: 01206 274076
Fax: 01206 274077

UK Council on Deafness works with and for deaf organisations in the UK by providing information, advice and support and by representing the views of the sector to government and policy makers.

Membership of the Council is open to any Charity or Professional Body working in the field of deafness. The Council supports and celebrates the diversity of deaf people including Deaf, deafened, deafblind and hard of hearing people

Organisations that do not qualify for membership can affiliate to the Council in order to participate in our work. Members and Affiliates enjoy access to a range of benefits including information, networks, influence and discounts on publications and delegate fees. To find out more please contact us or visit our website at

Charity Number 1038448


Are you as stunned as I am?

Discrimination? Access? Information? Awareness? Equality?

I’m so disgusted, I can’t even comment on this.

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