Northern Ireland Blood ban
In a written answer, she stated: “In Northern Ireland, all men who have had sex with another man (MSM), regardless of their sexual orientation, are currently permanently deferred from donating blood.
“The High Court of Justice of Northern Ireland has recently given judgment in a judicial review that the Secretary of State rather than the Northern Ireland Health Minister is responsible for determining the blood donor deferral period for MSM. The Secretary of State is currently considering the implications of this judgment.”
The lifting of the blood donation ban had been treated as a devolved matter, and the Northern Ireland Assembly had rejected the proposal.
After reforms last year that ended the total donation ban, there are limits on bi and gay men and their partners donating blood in Great Britain that mean most donors must not have had sex in the last 12 months.