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Blood donations reach record low

5th December 2006

The number of blood donors in Scotland is at its lowest number since records began.

Scotland needs 1,000 units of blood every day, but the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service says urgent action is needed to halt the decline, if the need is to continue to be met.

Although one in five people call themselves donors, only around one in 20 actually gave blood last year, says the service.

The service aims to maintain six days supply of all blood groups, but has failed to meet that target all year, instead only holding half that amount.

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