The federal NDP’s health critic is calling on the Liberals to adopt a national ban of for-profit and paid-donor blood clinics in Canada.
Vancouver-Kingsway MP Don Davies says a private, for-profit blood donor company has recently been going province to province looking to set up shop.
Davies referenced the tainted blood scandal of the 1980s as enough of a reason to keep paid-donor clinics out.
“Any practice that threatens the safety of the blood supply needs to be eliminated and we already know that paying people for blood and doing it in for-profit clinics sets up a dangerous opportunity or circumstance for that blood system to be tainted. It’s already happened once, we don’t want it to happen again.”
While Davies understands there’s always a national need for blood donors, he says it shouldn’t come at the expense of potentially dangerous blood.
He’s launching an e-petition to ban the practice.