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Blood transfusion staff 'should get full PPE', union says

A trade union has called for blood transfusion staff to get full personal protective equipment. Picture by Hugh Russell

Blood transfusion staff must be given full personal protective equipment, a trade union has said.

Groups of staff from the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service are still travelling across Northern Ireland to collect blood donations.

Unison said while staff have aprons and gloves, they have not been provided with full personal protective equipment (PPE) including masks and visors.

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The union said blood transfusion staff have to work close to donors giving blood.

It said that providing full PPE "would this instil confidence for the staff but also in the public assessing this vital service".

The union said other parts of the UK have stepped up the level of PPE provided for blood donation staff and want the same equipment given to workers in Northern lreland.  

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