Minister Sarah Hoffman

Relevant Quotes:

“I think it undermines the voluntary system. I think we’ve worked very hard to establish the Canadian Blood Services.” - Minister Sarah Hoffman

“When you have monetary incentives, it certainly changes some of the motivation." - Minister Sarah Hoffman

“The No. 1 motivator for all of us should be helping each other out. There’s nothing scarier than when you’ve got a loved one who has been injured or is having surgery and they need that essential blood product.” - Minister Sarah Hoffman

Current Status, Alberta

BREAKING:

Alberta introduces legislation to ban donating blood, plasma for profit!

BREAKING:

January 16, 2017

Maclean’s publishes an expose on “Policy laundering” behind blood brokers In Canada. Read the Maclean’s article.


Update December 21, 2016 – BREAKING:

Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations

CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up.

PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.


Updated: November 11th, 2016.

We had a week-long tour in Alberta recently, participating in town halls to discuss the impact of private blood brokers. The tour was amazing and the people in Alberta were welcoming, concerned and engaged. We met with Minister Hoffman on the steps of the legislature on September 16, 2016 to deliver our SumOfUs petition. We were joined by the Executive Director of Friends of Medicare and the President of CUPE Alberta. Minister Hoffman encouraged us to keep up our advocacy and we had strong indications that Alberta will take steps to protect our voluntary blood system. This was our second time meeting with Minister Hoffman and we have to say it – we hope we get the honour of sitting in the  Legislative Assembly one day to watch her pass the Voluntary Blood Donations Act. Honestly, anything to get to go back to Alberta!

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Canadian Blood Services has confirmed that they will not purchase plasma product from Canadian Plasma Resources or their affiliates.

Minister Hoffman has voiced opposition to private for-profit plasma clinics opening in Alberta, stating, “I think it undermines the voluntary system. I think we’ve worked very hard to establish the Canadian Blood Services.” We are hopeful that the Government of Alberta will join Ontario and Quebec in protecting our public blood system by implementing similar legislation.

Our BloodWatch.org team has reached out to Minister Hoffman and the opposition parties explaining in detail why passing legislation is one of the only ways to protect our blood system from private blood brokers. We visited Alberta once in April and are hitting the road in September for a tour to engage with residents on the issue – thanks to Friends of Medicare.

We have to say it out loud: We pretty much love Alberta and Minister Hoffman makes us proud to be Canadian!

News and Media, Alberta

The Toronto Star: Safety of blood supply, not profits, should be Health Canada’s top concern

January 2nd, 2018 | By DANYAAL RAZA Opinion Mon., Jan. 1, 2018 As the snow falls and the mercury drops, Health Canada has found itself in some hot water. The trouble has been years in the making — since at least 2013. That was when Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), a profit-seeking company that pays individuals for their blood plasma, […]


Radio Canada International: Close for-profit blood clinics, urge advocates

November 23rd, 2017 | In 1997, an inquiry into a catastrophic tainted blood crisis concluded that people should not be paid for blood donations, yet the Canadian government is about to approve the opening of a third, private, for-profit clinic. The Canadian Health Coalition says it has obtained documents that show officials of the government’s own health department helped […]


Maclean’s: A bloody mess – The story behind paid plasma in Canada

November 23rd, 2017 | Anne Kingston November 22, 2017 Internal documents show Health Canada working hand-in-glove with a private company to push a donation model the Krever inquiry warned against. Has it failed in its role as regulator? In February 2016, Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) opened its first paid plasma collection centre in Saskatoon with a splashy media event […]


CBC News: New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday

August 29th, 2017 | ‘A lot I can bring to the table’: 2nd New Brunswick MP joins Trudeau cabinet Ginette Petitpas Taylor, MP for Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe, named health minister in cabinet shuffle. New Brunswick MP Ginette Petitpas Taylor, named Canada’s minister of health in a cabinet shuffle Monday, says she will draw on her social work experience […]


The Globe and Mail: Ottawa approved for-profit plasma clinic despite warning from Canadian Blood Services

August 25th, 2017 | The Globe and Mail (includes correction) Published Tuesday, Aug. 01, 2017 9:26PM EDT Canadian Blood Services told the federal government in January that the voluntary blood-donation system could be at risk if for-profit plasma collection is allowed to proliferate – six months before Health Canada gave a green light to the country’s third paid plasma […]


The Globe and Mail: Blood agency seeking $855-million in funding to boost plasma supply, document reveals

August 25th, 2017 | The Globe and Mail Published Monday, Aug. 14, 2017 5:00AM EDT Canadian Blood Services is seeking $855-million over seven years to significantly boost the amount of plasma it collects from unpaid donors to make medications, according to a confidential document that summarizes the full cost of the effort. The national blood authority sent the provincial, […]


Radio Canada – L’opposition à une clinique privée de plasma sanguin gronde au Nouveau-Brunswick

May 30th, 2017 | Le Front commun pour la justice sociale du Nouveau-Brunswick, entre autres intervenants, s’oppose à l’ouverture d’une clinique de l’entreprise Canadian Plasma Resources à Moncton. Le fait que les cliniques de l’entreprise achètent le plasma sanguin dérange particulièrement les opposants. Le premier argument du Front commun est que le corps humain n’est pas à vendre. Le […]


BloodWatch Strongly Condemns Federal Approval Of Private Paid-Plasma Clinics

April 24th, 2017 | BloodWatch strongly condemns federal approval of a private for-profit paid-plasma collection business in Moncton, New Brunswick. Canadian Blood Services issued a stark warning in December of 2016 stating that private paid-plasma operations are harming the voluntary blood system in Saskatchewan, putting our national voluntary blood system at risk. Read the full statement. 


BREAKING: Alberta government unveils plan to ban private blood collection agencies

March 13th, 2017 | Private companies that pay individuals for providing blood or plasma will be banned from operating in Alberta, under proposed new legislation from the NDP government. Bill 3, the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, was introduced Monday afternoon in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. Read the full Edmonton Sun article.


BREAKING: Alberta introduces legislation to ban donating blood, plasma for profit

March 13th, 2017 | The changes are included in the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, introduced Monday in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. “Donating blood should not be viewed as a business venture, but as a public resource that saves lives every day,” said Hoffman. She said Bill 3 will protect Alberta’s voluntary blood donation system by preventing […]


The Globe and Mail: Canadian Blood Services calls for funding to boost plasma donations

February 1st, 2017 | Health Minister Jane Philpott Shows Signs Of “Reconsidering” Blood Policy Decision. Health Minister Jane Philpott, who has in the past expressed cautious support for paid plasma, said in a statement Tuesday that she has asked Health Canada to “carefully assess” Dr. Sher’s concerns about the Saskatoon clinic’s effect on the voluntary blood-collection system. “CBS has, […]


Maclean’s Authors: Anne Kingston – What a blood plasma-for-profit clinic means for public heath care

January 17th, 2017 | January 14, 2017 – The federal government has quietly approved a plasma-for-profit clinic in Saskatoon, drawing fiery criticism from politicians, scientists and patients Three days before Christmas 2016, jingly seasonal music fills the air at Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) in Saskatoon, located in a non-descript building in a quiet industrial stretch. In one direction, a […]


Global NEWS: Canadian Blood Services suffers decrease in donations

January 2nd, 2017 | The Canadian Blood Services in Saskatoon has seen a decrease in donations this year. They’re behind their target for 2016 and suggest it’s due to competition with a private plasma clinic. Stu Gooden has the details. The clinic, located on Emerson Avenue, is collecting 126 fewer units of blood per month. They’ve also seen about […]


BREAKING – Canadian Blood Services Says Paid Plasma Clinics Are Harming Voluntary Donations

December 30th, 2016 | CEO of CBS speaks out against private-paid plasma clinics. Confirms that they harm the voluntary donor base in Saskatchewan where the private clinic set-up. PLEASE READ CBC’s national news story here.


CTV Alberta Prime Time: Debating Paid-Plasma Clinics

September 19th, 2016 | Plasma can be used to make treatments for patients with medical condition like bleeding disorders. The donation process takes about an hour and a half. A company called Canadian Plasma Resources offers $25 per donation. The company recently opened the clinic in Saskatoon, and is expanding within Canada. Advocates against the practice want the company […]


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

September 19th, 2016 | 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 […]


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