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NHS is turning away blood donors as online booking service causes chaos

The NHS require more donors of O negative blood
As the NHS issue a plea for more donors of rare blood types, such as O negative, Telegraph readers say they have been turned away from donation centres and have had trouble booking appointments Credit: NHS Blood and Transplant 

Blood donors are being turned away as a new NHS online booking system causes chaos, an investigation today reveals.

Health chiefs scrapped “bloodmobiles”, which used to visit high streets and workplaces, in 2017 and switched to an appointment-only model which does not allow “walk in” visits.

But members of the public who have given blood for decades say they have struggled to use the online system, or booked their slot only to find that when they turned up it had been cancelled.

Charities said the situation was “crazy”, urging health chiefs to take account of the needs of the four million older people who are not online.

Earlier this week, the authority issued a call for men to sign up to donate...

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