Liberals Should Ban For-Profit Blood Plasma Clinics

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November 15, 2016 

LIBERALS SHOULD BAN FOR-PROFIT BLOOD PLASMA CLINICS 

OTTAWA – On Tuesday, NDP Health Critic Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway), called on the federal Health Minister to put a moratorium on granting operating licenses to for-profit blood plasma collection clinics across Canada. 

“Private blood clinics have been outlawed in Quebec and in the Health Minister’s home province of Ontario,” said Davies. “These types of blood-for-cash deals prey on vulnerable Canadians and increase overall health risks. It’s time for a national ban.” 

In the 1980s, over 30,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C from tainted blood in Canada, resulting in the deaths of thousands. Canada spent $17 million on a federal inquiry headed by Justice Horace Krever which recommended an end to the private, for-profit blood donor system in Canada.  

Yet recently, Health Canada approved an operating license to a private blood company to open Canada’s first paid donor plasma collection centre in Saskatoon. The company has expressed intentions to expand into other provinces. 

“The Health Ministry is ignoring the clear findings of the Krever Inquiry and the World Health Organization," said Davies. "The safety of Canadians' blood products must always be our number one priority."

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