Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Health

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

Photo of Róisín ShortallRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats)
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553. To ask the Minister for Health if the independent advisory committee for social behaviours review has concluded its review of the blood donation ban for gay men, bisexual men, transgender men and men who have sex with men; if the advisory committee has submitted its report to the Irish Blood Transfusion Service; if the advisory committee has recommended an individual risk-based assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49497/21]

Photo of Stephen DonnellyStephen Donnelly (Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) established an independent Advisory Committee for Social Behaviours Reviewto review the evidence base for donor selection, deferral and exclusion in Ireland in relation to social behaviours that may increase the risk for acquiring specific blood-borne infections.

The work of the Advisory Committee is the subject of consideration between my Department and the IBTS.

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