Christopher Whiteside MBE is Conservative County Councillor for the Egremont North and St Bees Division of Cumbria County Council. The division includes St Bees, Bigrigg, Wood End, Moor Row, part of the Mirehouse area of Whitehaven, and surrounding countryside.
He is also deputy chair (political and campaigning) of the North-West region of the voluntary wing of the Conservative party.
Chris lives and works in Copeland with his wife and family.
Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Making blood donation more inclusive to widen the range of blood available for transfusions.
Creating a fairer and more inclusive blood donation service helps to incentivise blood donation whilst increasing the amount of blood donated from rarer blood groups – helping to improve and save lives in the UK.
As part of this policy and following scientific advice, the government is updating and improving the donor safety check form – removing questions which had been seen as discriminatory.
Creating a wider and fairer system will not only improve services for everyone but helps to remove unease felt by some who were prevented from donating – saving more lives as we recover from the pandemic.