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Do you know your blood type? Seems not many of us do (Picture: Metro/Getty)

Do you know your blood type? Seems not many of us do (Picture: Metro/Getty)

In MetroTalk, readers are responding to the computer hacking that has left the NHS begging for O-type blood donations.

But, do you know your blood type? It seems not many of us do. One commenter wonders why the NHS stopped giving out this information and why the UK’s systems are so vulnerable to cyberattack.

Meanwhile, a case for reintroducing citizen’s arrest, will you be voting Labour for the first time this General Election and what did Nigel Farage mean when he said Rishi Sunak didn’t understand our ‘culture’?

Share your thoughts on these topics and more in the comments.

‘The carelessness of our system puts every one at risk’

NHS Blood and Transplant is asking for O blood type donors to book appointments following the critical incident (Credits: Getty Images)

The urgent appeal for O-type blood following the Russian cyberattack on private pathology firm Synnovis (Metro, Tue) illustrates how misguided it is for critical services to be so dependent on vulnerable web-based systems.

The efficiency of highly connected systems are a cruel illusion when they offer an open door to cyber-criminals.

These sharks ceaselessly prowl the cyber-ocean, looking for weak, and weak-minded, prey.

Yet still banks, hospitals, shipping lines, power stations, social media companies and government departments fail to take adequate precautions, leading to havoc when they are hacked. Their carelessness puts every one of us at risk.

The desperate cry for blood donors reveals another weakness – the failure to inform every adult of their blood type.

That detail could be vital if you are in an accident and need a transfusion or undergo surgery in a hospital overseas.

Despite asking to be told my blood type several times, I have always been refused, on the grounds that ‘this is not something the NHS routinely tells patients’.

Why ever not? In the 1960s, every pocket diary contained a space to write your blood type – presumably a hangover from the war – so why a secret now?

The consequence is that fewer people will feel confident about answering the call for donors. Stephen Spark, Balham


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Reintroducing citizen’s arrest

What would be done with those arrested? (Credits: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

With the police now largely absent from our streets, other than when speeding around in cars, is it not time the public were reintroduced to the citizen’s arrest?

This form of arrest originated in medieval England when there was no police force and it was …read more

Source:: Metro


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