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Blood: Donors

Volume 502: debated on Wednesday 9 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much his Department has spent on advertising to encourage people to donate blood in each of the last 10 years. (304099)

The following table shows funds spent on marketing activities to attract blood donors in England and North Wales between 2001-02 (the earliest date for which complete data are available as before then figures were not collated centrally) and 2008-09. Costs given include media advertising; direct marketing; external marketing services; campaign events; donor awards; promotional items; and public relations activities.

Cost (£)1

2001-02

10,475,238

2002-03

10,745,007

2003-04

11,127,532

2004-05

11,341,616

2005-06

11,780,854

2006-07

12,523,837

2007-08

213,967,051

2008-09

214,453,533

1 Figures given relate solely to expenditure by the National Blood Service (part of NHS Blood and Transplant). The promotion of blood donation in South Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the separate UK blood services which operate in those areas.

2 Figures for 2007-08 and 2008-09 reflect the cost of promoting both blood and organ donation. In October 2005, the National Blood Service and UK Transplant merged to become one special health authority, NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT). Accounting systems were subsequently amalgamated, and the cost of promoting blood donation is no longer recorded separately.

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what proportion of people were on the (a) blood donor and (b) bone marrow donor register in each register area in each of the last 10 years. (304103)

The following table shows the total number of blood donors recorded in June of the last eight calendar years, broken down by region into the north (incorporating North Wales); south-east; and south-west; and the percentage of blood donors as a proportion of the total population of England. 2001 is the earliest year for which complete data are available, as before then data was not collated centrally.

Number of blood donors

North

South West

South East

Total blood donors

Population (million, England)

Blood donors‚ÄĒpercentage of population

2001

677,554

517,873

619,911

1,815,338

49.1

3.7

2002

665,724

509,497

614,398

1,789,619

49.7

3.6

2003

602,121

492,519

588,549

1,683,189

49.9

3.4

2004

581,113

472,720

553,801

1,607,634

50.1

3.2

2005

584,661

474,457

537,951

1,597,069

50.5

3.2

2006

541,098

440,019

499,681

1,480,798

50.8

2.9

2007

511,800

418,225

462,059

1,392,084

51.1

2.7

2008

514,983

430,107

466,807

1,411,897

51.5

2.7

2009

512,031

448,647

449,028

1,409,706

51.7

2.7

The corresponding figures for people on the bone marrow registry is not currently collated centrally. However NHS Blood and Transplant is currently in the process of migrating these data to a central system and a copy of these figures will be placed in the Library.