Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin backs bone marrow campaign

Dudley MP Ian Austin has backed a campaign to get more young people to register as bone marrow donors.

The Anthony Nolan charity is offering to pay the government to package information on registering as a donor with the National Insurance card sent to everyone just before their 16th birthday.

Younger people are most likely to be chosen by doctors to donate bone marrow to someone with blood cancer, but just four per cent of registered donors are currently aged between 16 and 20.

Austin is working with local campaigners to raise the issue in Parliament has written to the Chief Executive of the HMRC urging her to support Anthony Nolan's proposals.

Ian Austin said:

"This is a simple step the government can take to boost the number of young people signed up as life-saving bone marrow donors.

"There's no reason why bureaucracy should get in the way of this plan when charities are willing to cover any extra costs, so I've written to the government urging them to take part."

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