Male blood donor said that he cannot give samples because he doesn’t want to say he’s not pregnant.

A man who refused or could not state that he was pregnant was prohibited from donating blood.

Leslie Sinclair has donated approximately 125 pints over 50 years. He became angry when asked to declare if he was with a child on a form.

He said that, because he was in his 60s, the question didn’t apply to him.

He was then told that he couldn’t donate blood.

According to the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNSBTS), all potential donors will need to disclose if they’re pregnant.

They claim that they are doing this to “promote inclusiveness”It is a pregnancy. “not always visually clear”,

Sinclair however, attacked the policy “nonsensical”He also told the Daily Mail he was “angry about it”.

The dad-of-two – to clarify, he did not give birth to the children – with wife Margaret said: “I am angry because I have been giving blood since I was 18 and have regularly gone along.



Mr Sinclair is “angry”About not being allowed to donate blood

“I’m very happy to do so without any problem.

“There is always a form to fill in and that’s fine – they tend to ask about medical conditions or diseases – and clearly that’s because the blood needs to be safe.

“This time around, there was a question I hadn’t seen before: ‘Are you pregnant, or have you been in the last six months?’ This required a yes/no answer.

“I pointed out to the staff that it was impossible for me to be in that position but I was told that I would need to answer, otherwise I couldn’t give blood.



He had donated regularly for the last 50 years
Since the age of 50, he has donated to charity regularly

“I told them that was stupid and that if I had to leave, I wouldn’t be back, and that was it, I got on my bike and cycled away.

“It is nonsensical and it makes me angry because there are vulnerable people waiting for blood, including children, and in desperate need of help, but they’ve been denied my blood because of the obligation to answer a question that can’t possibly be answered.”

Marc Turner, Director of SNBTS, stated that while pregnancy is relevant for those whose are pregnant, it is not a pertinent question for others. “biological sex or sex assigned at birth is female”The sex at birth is “not always visually clear to staff”.

He said that they are their best option. “duty”To promote inclusion, all donors should now be asked the same questions.

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