The situations of suspected sexual orientation discrimination in blood donation will, according to the President of the Portuguese Institute of Blood and Transplantation (IPST), be due to a “difficulty in clarifying the norm of the Directorate-General for Health” on the criteria for blood donation.
Maria Antónia Escoval, who was heard at the Assembly of the Republic this Tuesday, affirmed that “the body of the norm is one criterion, but the justification of the norm is another”. “The IPST fought hard for clarification,” he guaranteed.
The President of IPST was heard this Tuesday by the Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees and Health Committees at a joint parliamentary hearing at the request of the Left Bloc on condemning discriminatory practices in donating blood by men having sex with men who are in the Come Public ”, which will also feature a representative from the Directorate-General for Health.
Maria Antónia Escoval announced that “preliminary proceedings have been opened for three professionals” who have been the subject of a complaint. “I know that the experts I have spoken to have already been heard and that we are waiting for the final report,” he said. “We don’t want any doubts about these situations.”