Medicine Hat News: Look to Canada’s history for why we need to be careful with blood supply

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by webmaster

Canada’s tainted blood scandal in the 1980s is a distant memory for some and beyond memory for others. That is exactly why we need to be reminded of it and ensure it does not happen again.

More than three decades ago about 30,000 Canadians were infected with HIV and hepatitis C as a result of being given blood that came from high risk populations and had not been adequately screened.

A Royal Commission of Inquiry was headed by Justice Horace Krever to investigate allegations that the system of government, private, and non-governmental organizations that were responsible for supplying blood and blood products had allowed contaminated blood to be used.

Read more on the Medicine Hat News web site.