Blood worker arrest

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HEALTH chiefs say there is no risk to patients in Wigan borough following the arrest of a 27-year-old NHS worker after stunned medics discovered blood donated by the public had been sabotaged.

The man from Bolton who works for NHS Blood & Transplant, was swooped on by cops following a three-month police investigation.

The employee, based at the Manchester Donor Centre on Plymouth Grove, Ardwick, worked as part of a mobile team taking blood donations at church halls and sports centres across Manchester.

It meant vital blood supplies desperately needed by sick hospital patients – including those in Wigan– were later found to be unusable by shocked NHS staff.

Blood donation bosses believe over 200 packs may have been damaged over a 16-month period but insist all were spotted before being sent to hospital and not used by any patient.

The man was arrested on suspicion of criminal damage and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

A spokeswoman for NHS Blood & Transplant said: “The damage caused to the blood bags meant they were unusable and never entered the blood supply.”