Man turned away from giving blood for refusing to specify if he’s pregnant

Leslie Sinclair, a 66 year old man and blood downer of nearly 50 years, was turned away from NHS England for refusing to specify in the questionnaire if he’s pregnant.

Sinclair explained ‘I am angry because I have been giving blood since I was 18 and have regularly gone along. I’m very happy to do so without any problem.”

“There is always a form to fill in and that’s fine,” he continued, “they tend to ask about medical conditions or diseases – and clearly that’s because the blood needs to be safe. This time around, there was a question I hadn’t seen before: ‘Are you pregnant, or have you been in the last six months?’ which required a yes or no answer.”

“I pointed out to the staff that it was impossible for me to be in that position but I was told that I would need to answer, otherwise I couldn’t give blood. I told them that was stupid and that if I had to leave, I wouldn’t be back, and that was it, I got on my bike and cycled away,” he added.

“It is nonsensical and it makes me angry because there are vulnerable people waiting for blood, including children, and in desperate need of help. But they’ve been denied my blood because of the obligation to answer a question that can’t possibly be answered,” Sinclair explained.

Toby Young tweeted “A 66 year-old man was told he couldn’t give blood after he refused to answer a question on a pre-donation form asking whether he was pregnant. For the NHS, being ‘inclusive’ is more important than saving lives.”