18 JUNE 1948, Page 18


SIR,—Mr. Skinner's letter calls attention, although with insufficient vigour, to the shortage of blood for transfusion. And, although he seems to think that exhortation by postmark is useful, his mention of physical discomfort after giving a pint of his blood is likely to deter more prospec- tive donors than would ever be encouraged by postmarks.

We, in England, are very short of blood for the blood banks, but' the Centre National de Transfusion Sanguine in Paris is not. For this differ- ence there are a number of reasons, of which two of the most important are that blood donors in France are given extra ration points, and that all the bleeding is carried out by specially trained persons in a special centre, so arranged that donors neither see the needle pushed into a vein nor any part of the process of bleeding. It is to be wished that the Regional Transfusion Centres in England should profit from French