Monday, 16 March 2009

Scottish Conference: Investigating the 'blood ban'

One feature of Scottish Lib Dem conferences is that there are often small but important debates on a range of policies.

One such came on Sunday morning at Perth with a motion from Liberal Youth Scotland calling for an investigation into whether it's still appropriate for gay and bisexual men to be banned for life from giving blood.

This was a good motion which focused on whether advances in technology mean that a lifetime ban is needed any more. Conference recognised that the most important thing is the security of the blood supply, but that the relevant authorities do need to outline whether a complete ban recognises all the relevant risk factors and whether other risks need to be taken into account for potential blood donors.

Conference supported the motion and Liberal Youth Scotland are to be congratulated on putting it forward.

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