UK Blood Services Set to Ban ME/CFS Sufferers from Donating on a Lifetime Basis According to Dancing with the Sandman (click here for the entire blog post) Mary Heaton of the Department of Health said: "In the absence of any infectious cause of CFS, people with this relapsing syndrome are currently excluded from donating blood while they feel unwell, in order to protect their own health. The UK Blood Services will shortly be amending its criteria to exclude such people from blood donation on a lifetime basis, bringing them in line with the practice of not accepting donations from people with other relapsing conditions. Whilst the purpose of this is to protect the donor's health from any possible harmful effects from donating blood, it will also minimise the likelihood that donations from people who have ever suffered from CFS could enter the blood supply." A full letter from Ms. Heaton from the Department of Health in the blog post. She deftly dodged the question of XMRV. Ole.