Analysing the health and wellbeing of the people of the UK could be done without having to worry about their blood, the country’s chief medical officer has said.
Professor Peter Higgs said the “common denominator” among people in the UK was a lack of blood in the blood and that the “basic functions of the lymph system” were still “very much at a standstill”.
He said the system had “suffered a lot over the years”, and there were also “significant” problems with the use of blood products and clotting factors.
He told a press conference that, if the UK had “the same standard of care” as other countries, the health of the whole population would be “very different”.
The UK has seen a sharp rise in the number of people with blood disorders, particularly lymphatic disorders, since the Brexit vote.
This year alone, a further 1,839 people have died from the condition, according to the most recent figures from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
In a bid to improve the system, the government is seeking to create a blood bank.
In a report released on Thursday, the Department for Health and Care Excellence (DHCE) warned the “unusual situation of inadequate blood supply in the system” was “causing serious health problems”.
Its Chief Medical Officer, Professor Peter Higgles, said the UK’s blood shortage was “not just a health problem, but a public health problem”.
The report said that the NHS’s blood service had “fails to meet current and future needs”.
“If the UK government is serious about delivering the NHS to the people who need it most, it must recognise that its blood system needs improvement,” the report said.
The report highlighted the “significant problems” with the supply of blood and clotters in the NHS, including problems with transfusions and the use and use of products that could affect the quality of blood.
“This is why the current system needs to be improved,” the chief medical executive said.
“There are serious health risks to the system that are causing the unacceptable levels of blood loss that we see in the country.”
Blood products are used in a number of ways, including for transfusions.
Higgs said it was a matter of “continued and substantial progress” in reducing the use.
“We’ve taken significant steps in terms of reducing the level of clotting factor and other clotting agents in the bloodstream,” he said.
“The main issue is the amount of blood we use, which is around 5% of our total population.”
Higgs also said there was “significant improvement” in the quality and quantity of blood from different sources, including “natural products” such as blood drawn from the skin.
“People have been getting blood from the same source for years,” he added.
This has made the system much more robust, which has been good for everyone, the NHS and people in general.””
And the quality is so good that we’re seeing more and more blood coming out of the blood bank.”
“This has made the system much more robust, which has been good for everyone, the NHS and people in general.”
The report warned that “the current system of transfusions needs improvement”.
“There needs to have a better understanding of how the system is working, so we can better target the types of blood that are going to be best for patients, and what the right levels are,” Higgs told the conference.
“And then we can look at how we can help people reduce their blood loss.”
In its report, the DHCE also highlighted the role of the NHS in the fight against blood-related diseases.
“The NHS is working to reduce the risks to people’s health caused by blood loss,” it said.