A man in Scotland who has given blood for nearly 50 years was recently turned away after offering a donation because he refused to tell healthcare professionals whether or not he was pregnant.

There is always a form to fill in and that’s fine – they tend to ask about medical conditions or diseases – and clearly that’s because the blood needs to be safe,” long-time Scottish blood donor Leslie Sinclair told The Daily Mail. “This time around, there was a question I hadn’t seen before: ‘Are you pregnant, or have you been in the last six months?'”

When Sinclair refused to answer the question on the form, the clinic turned him away.

NHS National Services Scotland (NSS) told The National Desk that the pregnancy question had been placed on its donor health check form, for those seeking to give blood, on April 6, 2022.

“We appreciate the support of all blood, plasma and platelet donors, and would like to extend our thanks to everyone who has complied with this change,” NSS told The National Desk (TND) in a statement. “The questions on our donor health check, including those with regard to donor sex / gender, recent pregnancy and any history of fertility treatment, are all important in ensuring donor, patient and blood safety. Whilst pregnancy is only a relevant question to those whose sex is female, this is not always visually clear to staff.”

“As a public body we take cognisance of changes in society around how such questions may be asked without discrimination and have a duty to promote inclusiveness – therefore all donors are now asked the same questions,” NSS continued in its statement to TND. “We no longer specify Women Only questions.”

Sinclair and his wife Margaret were both appalled by the outcome of what took place at the blood donation clinic.

I pointed out to the staff that it was impossible for me to be in that position but I was told that I would need to answer, otherwise I couldn’t give blood,” Sinclair said recalling the event to The Daily Mail. “I told them that was stupid and that if I had to leave, I wouldn’t be back, and that was it, I got on my bike and cycled away.”

Sinclair called the circumstances “nonsensical,” and added that it makes him angry “because there are vulnerable people waiting for blood but they’ve been denied my blood because of the obligation to answer a question that can’t possibly be answered.”