Marie Davis Croydon South London THE BIG ISSUE This week is National Blood Week, and as Britain heads for a blood crisis
due to the number of donors falling by 40% in the past decade, the Daily Mirror is asking you to step forward and donate.
At the height of this week's blood crisis
stocks of blood were 40 per cent below the required levels.
Drawing on the painful lessons of the French contaminated blood crisis
, the AFSSA experts opted for strict application of the precautionary principle.
The European Commission is trying to play down the implications of the affair, which it denies has all the makings of another contaminated blood crisis
So far, the Red Cross has been able to meet emergency needs, but officials fear a severe blood crisis
could result if more donations are not made.
The blood crisis
is due to a surge in demand fuelled by advances in medical science and a critical shortage of new donors following a flu outbreak (sufferers cannot give blood).
The Tribunal is examining the response of haemophilia treatment centres, hospitals and doctors to the contaminated blood crisis