Tuesday, October 30, 2018

NBU working to protect national blood and plasma system

New Brunswick Union President Susie Proulx-Daigle, First Vice-President Al Mullin and Second Vice-President Norman Bourque are among the more than 50 volunteers in Ottawa today to meet with Senators and MPs encouraging them to enact Bill S-252, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act.
Introduced by Saskatchewan Senator Pamela Wallin, the bill looks to tighten the law related to key recommendations of the Krever Inquiry into Canada’s tainted blood scandal of the 1980s in which more than 30,000 Canadians were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV. The inquiry’s report recommended blood be considered a public resource and that donors should not be paid.
Currently, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick have a private blood broker operating clinics which pay for donations.
“Private companies are buying blood from people in Canada to sell on the international market, undermining the security and availability of the blood supply in the public system that Canadians rely on,” said Kat Lanteigne, executive director of BloodWatch.org.
Proulx-Daigle said the NBU has been fighting against the private clinic in New Brunswick and has called upon all NB Senators to support Wallin’s bill.
“Protecting our health care system is of the utmost importance to Canadians,” the NBU president said. “We hope our message is received today and that this bill becomes law.”
Bill S-252 passed second reading last week and will now be debated in public Senate hearings.