Current Status, Alberta
Alberta introduces legislation to ban donating blood, plasma for profit!
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
September 19th, 2016 | Canada’s donor-based blood service should not be taken over by an American-style, for-profit industry. That’s the warning being sounded across the nation by the BloodWatch advocacy group. Its spokesperson, Kat Lanteigne, brought the message to Lethbridge this week, at a meeting organized by Friends of Medicare. While Alberta has taken no action to safeguard Canada’s […]
September 14th, 2016 | The lives of Canadians will be at risk if for-profit companies that pay people to give blood are allowed to operate, a Medicine Hat audience was told Tuesday night. Private plasma clinics will not benefit Albertans but will create competition for blood plasma which we will not have access to, says Kat Lanteigne of http://www.BloodWatch.org. Canadian […]
September 14th, 2016 | Private blood brokers are trying to secure a stake in Canada’s blood system in order to make a profit off of our blood plasma and it is putting Canadian lives at risk. Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) was recently banned from operating in Ontario (Quebec has banned the sale of blood and plasma since 1994). CPR […]
September 13th, 2016 | Stop the export of Canadian blood for profit. Every policy has a story. This is our Canadian story. Watch our video.
August 9th, 2016 | Introducing a paid-donor system for blood products could compromise Canada’s blood supply and is not justified, a group of physicians says. The chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare said she was shocked by the news that a company in Ontario was planning to pay for plasma. “The critical issue here is opening up our blood […]
August 9th, 2016 | Canadian Blood Services (CBS) aren’t doing their job, so it’s time the Alberta government steps in. Canadian Blood Services are in the news again. You might have seen the concerns raised over the private pay-for-plasma clinic opening in Saskatchewan. Well now CBS are going one step further, suggesting that “competition” may require them to also […]
August 8th, 2016 | The debate over paid plasma can be complex, as is the conversation about what impact it could have on supply. A pay-for-plasma clinic recently opened in Saskatoon where people are given $25 credit cards in exchange for a donation, and there have been conversations across the country over the implications of these kinds of clinics. […]