SFL calls on Sask. Party to shut down new for-profit blood plasma clinic

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

February 18, 2016

 

SFL CALLS ON SASK. PARTY TO SHUT DOWN NEW FOR-PROFIT BLOOD PLASMA CLINIC

 

Today Canadian Plasma Resources opened a for-profit blood plasma clinic in Saskatoon. The Saskatchewan Federation of Labour (SFL) is calling on the Sask. Party government to ban such clinics, as was recently done in Ontario.

 

“These types of clinics really are the privatization of our blood supply, and they present a number of moral, ethical, and safety concerns,” said SFL president Larry Hubich, “for-profit blood plasma clinics violate the five principles presented by Justice Krever as a result of the inquiry into this country’s tainted blood scandal that infected over 30,000 Canadians with HIV and hepatitis C,” he added.

 

The SFL joins the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the Canadian Health Coalition, and many other healthcare organizations and professionals in calling for the provincial and federal governments to uphold the five basic principles of blood system governance as recommended by Justice Krever:

 

  1. Blood is a public resource;
  2. Donors should not be paid;
  3. Sufficient blood should be collected so that importation from other countries is unnecessary;
  4. Access to blood and blood products should be free and universal, and;
  5. Safety of the blood supply system is paramount.

 

“There are a number of risks to our national voluntary blood supply system if Canadian Plasma Resources is allowed to operate in Saskatchewan or in any other province,” said Hubich, “as we know from Justice Krever and healthcare professionals, paying donors compromises the safety of plasma, creates competition with our voluntary blood system, and does not create self-sufficiency for the country,” he added.

 

The SFL supports a publicly-regulated, not-for-profit voluntary blood and plasma donation system in Canada as recommended by Justice Krever, the World Health Organization, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Society, the International Society of Blood Transfusion, the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations and the European Blood Alliance.

 

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The SFL represents over 100,000 working people across the province in 37 affiliated unions.

 

For additional information, contact:

 

Kent Peterson

Strategic Advisor

Saskatchewan Federation of Labour

o: 1 (306) 525-0197

m: 1 (306) 570-1855

e: k.peterson@sfl.sk.ca

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