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Umbilical Cord Blood (Donation) Bill


 

Umbilical Cord Blood (Donation) Bill

 

 
 

Contents

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Duty to promote the donation of umbilical cord blood

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Targets for the donation of umbilical cord blood

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Interpretation

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Short title and extent

 

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A

Bill

To

Promote the donation of cord blood from women after giving birth; and for

connected purposes.  

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and

consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present

Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

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Duty to promote the donation of umbilical cord blood

(1)   

It is the duty of the Secretary of State to—

(a)   

encourage pregnant women to donate their umbilical cord blood after

birth;

(b)   

increase awareness of the value of umbilical cord blood for the

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treatment of diseases and for research of new treatment methods;

(c)   

promote the collection of cord blood samples from designated groups,

including minority groups and mixed race families in which there is a

history of diseases that are, or may be, treatable by use of cord blood.

(2)   

In pursuance of the duty under subsection (1), the Secretary of State must issue

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guidance to medical practitioners on the information relating to the collection

and storage of cord blood to be made available to pregnant women.

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Targets for the donation of umbilical cord blood

(1)   

The Secretary of State must publish targets for the number of cord blood

samples donated at health service hospitals in specified calendar years.

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(2)   

The first targets set under subsection (1) must be published within two months

of the date on which this Act is passed and must relate to the following

calendar year.

(3)   

The Secretary of State must lay before Parliament each year a report on

performance in the previous calendar year against the targets set under

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subsection (1).

(4)   

A report under subsection (3) must include—

(a)   

the number of cord blood samples donated, and

 

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(b)   

the number of cord blood transplants performed,

   

at health service hospitals.

(5)   

A report under subsection (3) may include information on the use and planned

use of cord blood for the treatment of diseases and for research of new

treatment methods.

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Interpretation

In this Act—

“health service hospital” has the meaning given by the National Health

Service Act 2006 (c. 41) or the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006

(c. 42);

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“medical practitioner” has the same meaning as in the Medical Act 1983

(c. 54).

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Short title and extent

(1)   

This Act may be cited as the Umbilical Cord Blood (Donation) Act 2008.

(2)   

This Act extends to England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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