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04 January 2017

 

The cost of blood in the UK is set to increase following a dramatic drop in demand, it has been announced.

NHS Blood and Transplant says it needs extra income to pay for investment in new IT systems.

The organisation is still likely to see a decrease in its income from blood supplies - as the 3.7% price increase, due from April 1, follows an 18% drop in demand since 2010.

The price of blood had been falling during the period - but the price increase will bring it back to its 2012 level at £124.46 a unit.

The organisation says the new price will include a charge for introducing universal hepatitis E screening.

A spokesman for the organisation said: "NHSBT is very aware of the challenging financial climate in the NHS and has consulted with hospital customers about the price change and worked closely with the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs on this safety initiative.

"Due to the continued drop in demand for blood the total cost of blood to the NHS in England will still decrease by about 1.8% and the blood products provided by NHSBT will continue to be some of the safest in the world."

 

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