AN outspoken, former Hamilton doctor has accused the Australian Red Cross Blood Service of making a grave error of judgment in closing the local blood bank.
Doctor Peter Lazzari said most Hamiltonians were shocked when the service announced it would close its doors in Hamilton in January.
He urged local residents to rise up and continue to fight the decision.
“The Hamilton blood bank must be retrieved,” Dr Lazzari told The Spectator.
“All the doctors, the nurses and the Mayor and his councillors must join forces and take on blood bank officials at the highest level, with the assistance of Premier (Denis) Napthine and local state members of whatever allegiance, to retrieve the local service.
“For decades, blood bank leaders have been right in telling us consistently that every unit of blood donated helps save lives.
“They cannot then argue that closing down a service that has 900 local donors who donate a combined total of 2000 units of blood a year is not negligent and will not have fatal consequences.”
The Hamilton Blood Donor Centre is being replaced by a twice-yearly mobile collection service, which will visit the town for the first time in May.
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