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Risky Blood-Donation Curbs Leave Some Patients in Limbo

By Liu Jiaying, Ma Danmeng and Li Rongde
Beijing city officials have ordered hospitals and blood centers to halt a family blood donation program as part of tightened oversight of donations and transfusions that was ordered by the national health authority. Photo: VCG
Beijing city officials have ordered hospitals and blood centers to halt a family blood donation program as part of tightened oversight of donations and transfusions that was ordered by the national health authority. Photo: VCG

Health authorities in China’s capital have barred patients from enlisting family and friends to donate blood for them amid concerns that abuse of the system by “blood brokers” has put people at risk of transmittable diseases.

But the restriction comes during a seasonal blood shortage that has left needy patients in limbo.

Beijing has ordered hospitals and blood centers to halt a family blood donation program as part of tightened oversight of donations and transfusions that was ordered by the national health authority, the city’s Health and Family Planning Commission said recently.

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