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Almost 750,000 People To Become Eligible To Donate Blood As UK Ban Is Dropped

Almost 750,000 people across Australia who spent time in the United Kingdom in the 1980s and 1990s will become eligible to donate blood after the nation's medical regulator lifted a ban.

The Therapeutic Goods Administration has decided to scrap the ban placed on donations for people who lived in the UK for six months or longer. The ban was put in place due to the impacts of the country’s ‘mad cow’ epidemic.

Cath Stone, executive director of Donor Services at the Australian Red Cross Lifeblood Donation service said “It is something we hear a lot from people: ‘Oh, I’d love to donate, but I can’t.’ For so many people living in Australia, it is just really exciting.”

ABC statics show that there are around 700,000 people in Australia who spent time in the UK during those two decades.