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Male blood donor turned away for refusing to say if he’s pregnant

Leslie Sinclair has donated 125 pints of blood over the past 50 years. But on his last trip he was turned away after refusing to say whether or not he was pregnant.

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Mr Sinclair was told to fill in a form which asked whether he was expecting a child or had been pregnant in the past six months.

When he complained that as a man in his 60s this question did not apply and he should not have to answer it, Mr Sinclair said staff at the clinic told him they could not accept his blood.

The stand-off took place as NHS England launched a campaign earlier this week to recruit a million more blood donors over the next five years.

It emerged last night that all potential donors are asked if they are pregnant to ‘promote inclusiveness’ and because pregnancy is ‘not always visually clear’.

Angry at the refusal to take his blood, Mr Sinclair walked away and last night told of his frustration at the ‘nonsensical’ decision.

The father of two, from Stirling in central Scotland, said: ‘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.

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