You are here

Safe blood advocates call for paid blood and plasma ban at Legislature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2016 Victoria – A national group representing survivors of the tainted blood tragedy will to bring the call for a BC ban on the sale of blood and plasma to the Legislature tomorrow along with advocates from the BC Hemophilia Society and BC Health Coalition.

The group BloodWatch.org were instrumental in ensuring private plasma company Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) was banned from operating in Ontario.

Now they are joining BC advocates to call on British Columbia to follow Ontario and Quebec’s lead and implement the ban following news that CPR says B.C. is “top of our list” to set up shop.

The groups will meet with elected officials in Victoria following a news conference and will host a public town hall meeting on Tuesday evening.

Only four countries in the world allow private paid donor collection.

What: News conference

Who: Tainted blood survivors and safe blood advocates from BloodWatch.org, BC Hemophilia Society, and Health Coalition

When: Tuesday, May 10, 11:45am

Where: BC Legislature front steps, 501 Belleville Street, Victoria, B.C.

Tuesday evening: Public Town Hall Meeting: Stop Paid Plasma; Keep Our Blood System Safe, May 10 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm Cook Street Activity Centre, 380 Cook Street, Victoria, B.C.

–30–

For more information or to set up interviews contact: Adam Lynes-Ford, BC Health Coalition Campaigner cell: 604-787-6560 adam@bchealthcoalition.ca

News Type: