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Encyclopedia > Irish Blood Transfusion Service
Logo of IBTS
Logo of IBTS

The Irish Blood Transfusion Service (IBTS) was established in the Republic of Ireland as the Blood Transfusion Service Board (BTSB) by the Blood Transfusion Service Board (Establishment) Order, 1965, it took its current name in April 2000 by Statutory Instrument issued by the Minister for Heath and Childern to whom it is responsible. The primary responsibily of the service is the provision of blood and blood products for humans. Statutory Instruments (SIs) are parts of United Kingdom law separate from Acts of Parliament which do not require full Parliamentary approval before becoming law. ... The Minister for Health and Children is the senior minister at the Department of Health and Children (An Roinn Sláinte agus Leanaí) in the Irish Government and is responsible for health care in the Republic of Ireland and related services. ...

The service is the successor to the National Blood Transfusion Association which was established in 1948. In 1975 the Cork Blood Transfusion Service was amalgamated with the board, and in 1991 the Limerick Blood Transfusion Service was amalmagated with the board.

The symbol of the service is a stylised pelican, and for most of its existence the headquarters of the service was located at Pelican House, Mespil Road, Dublin. In 2000 the service relocated to the National Blood Centre on the grounds of St. James's Hospital near Dublin Heuston railway station, on which it remains. The service maintains regional facilities at Ardee, Carlow, Cork, Limerick and Tuam. Species Pelecanus occidentalis Pelecanus thagus Pelecanus erythrorhynchos Pelecanus onocrotalus Pelecanus crispus Pelecanus rufescens Pelecanus philippensis Pelecanus conspicillatus A pelican is any of several very large water birds with a distinctive pouch under the beak belonging to the bird family Pelecanidae. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... St Jamess Hospital is the largest university teaching hospital in Dublin. ... Dublin Heuston, commonly called Heuston station, is located in Dublin, Ireland is one of the countrys main railway stations, serving the south, southwest and west of Ireland. ... An October day on Market Street near Tenantys Pub. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 51. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ...


Between 1977 and 1994 a number of people were infected with Hepatitis C unknownly, and clear evidence on this did not become available until the mid 1990s. Most of the people who received this blood were women and it resulted in a major scandal within the Republic of Ireland. The Hepatitis C and HIV Compensation Tribunal was established by the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal Act, 1997, and amended by the Hepatitis C Compensation Tribunal (Amendment) Act, 2002, to compensate people who contracted Hepatitis C or HIV as a result of receiving blood or blood products from the service; the tribunal had carried on the work of the non-statutory scheme tribunal established in December 1995 which heard its first case in March 1996. In its most recent annual report (2003) the tribunal indicated it has cost €533,669,055 (of which €63,840,433 is legal costs) to December 31, 2003 and a total of 2,678 claims have been made to the same date. Hepatitis C is a blood-borne, infectious, viral disease that is caused by a hepatotropic virus called Hepatitis C virus (HCV). ... Hepatitis C is a blood-borne, infectious, viral disease that is caused by a hepatotropic virus called Hepatitis C virus (HCV). ... Human immunodeficiency virus (commonly known as HIV, and formerly known as HTLV-III and lymphadenopathy-associated virus[1][2]) is a retrovirus that is the cause of the disease known as AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome), a syndrome where the immune system begins to fail, leading to many life-threatening opportunistic...

The Hepatitis C issue resulted in the service been accused of ethical and professional mismanagement, and was a low point in its history.

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