Liberal Democrat health spokesman Ross Finnie has urged the Scottish government to examine whether the blanket ban on gay men donating blood could be lifted without compromising public safety.

Mr Finnie said: "I'm pleased that the Scottish government admits that advances in blood transfusion safety procedures may allow gay and bisexual male donors to donate.

"But ministers have so far refused to do anything to introduce new and improved testing mechanisms that could make it safe to lift the blanket ban on gay men donating blood. I urge the minister for public health to reconsider this position."

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