Stark Drop in Blood Donations Leads UK to Call on Public

A campaign is calling for new blood donors in England and Wales following a 40% drop in fresh volunteers in the past decade.
NHS Blood and Transplant says 120,000 fewer people joined the blood donor register in 2014-15 than in 2004-05.
It believes one of the main reasons is the increasing pressure on people's free time - citing longer commutes and the distractions of social media.
The blood unit is calling for 204,000 new volunteers to start donating.
Blood services in Scotland also say they have fewer volunteers coming forward and are concerned.



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