MARCH 6, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA – The NDP is dismayed by reports that the Conservative government plans to approve a private clinic’s application to open a for-profit blood donation centre.
“It’s shocking to hear that a private company in Toronto can pay people for blood. Blood from for-profit brokers was one of the causes of the tainted blood scandal that got 20,000 Canadians infected with HIV and hepatitis C,” said NDP Health critic Libby Davies (Vancouver East) during Question Period today. “Has this government learned nothing from the tainted blood scandal and the sound recommendations made by Justice Krever?”
It was recently announced that the federal government plans to approve a privately owned plasma clinic in Toronto where people will receive financial compensation in exchange for their blood. This raises significant question about public health and the ethics of paying for blood. Because of its public health risks, the tainted blood inquiry recommended that payment for blood should be restricted to rare circumstances.