Kenney Puts Patients at Risk With Blood-for-Money Scheme: CUPE

CALGARY, Alberta--()--A bill before the Alberta Legislature will put Alberta’s blood collection system in peril by allowing private interests to ship plasma out of the province and country.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) who represents employees at Canada Blood Services, says the Kenney government is giving for-profit blood brokers the ability to operate freely, including the ability to ship blood to other countries.

“Private blood brokers do not create self-sufficiency in Canada because they make their profits by selling the plasma internationally,” said CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill. “Blood brokers pull donors from the public system, depleting our supply chain.”

“It’s not worth the lives of patients needing blood to make a few dollars for friends of the UCP,” said Gill. “This is a move being done to reward business interests close to the Kenney government, not to save money or provide better health care.

“The Kenney government needs to scrap the bill, and reverse this dangerous, corrupt blood for money scheme.”

Contacts

Lou Arab
Communications Representative
780.271.2722

Contacts

Lou Arab
Communications Representative
780.271.2722