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Tainted blood survivors call on B.C. government to protect blood supply

Tainted blood survivors call on B.C. government to protect blood supply as province ignores Canadian Blood Services warning FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Victoria - A group of tainted blood tragedy survivors and safe blood advocates delivered a strong message from British Columbians calling for a B.C. ban on the sale of blood and plasma at the Legislature today. The group is alarmed that the BC government appears to be ignoring a direct request from Canadian Blood Services (CBS) to end support for commercial blood brokers in B.C.…Read More

BC Budget misses mark on MSP fees, fails to tackle crisis in seniors care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 21, 2017  Victoria – Today’s provincial budget largely ignores British Columbia’s seniors, despite a rapidly aging population and urgent need for services. “This budget is a major missed opportunity to finally care for our seniors properly,” said Adam Lynes-Ford, BC Health Coalition Campaigner. “Part of the nearly $1 billion surplus could be used to make seniors care available and affordable, but the province is using it instead to replace MSP fee cuts.” …Read More

Canada's Health Coalitions Warn Cuts Coming to Health Care with Bilateral Health Deals

Canada's Health Coalitions Warn Cuts Coming to Health Care with Bilateral Health Deals FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  February 9th, 2017  Across Canada-- Canada's Health Coalitions signed a joint statement and held a media conference today on the recent bilateral health care deals and called for a united health accord.…Read More

BC Health Coalition supports safe blood advocates’ call for federal moratorium on licenses to private pay-for-plasma brokers

BC Health Coalition supports safe blood advocates’ call for federal moratorium on licenses to private pay-for-plasma brokers Advocates warn of repeating past tainted blood tragedy, losing control of domestic supply, and slippery slope of profiting from human materials FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 15, 2016 The BC Health Coalition is supporting the call to action from a delegation of safe blood advocates in Ottawa today who are concerned about the safety and integrity of Canada’s voluntary blood system.…Read More

Tainted blood survivor group and safe blood advocates to press Victoria for ban on pay-for-blood and plasma at Legislature today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2016 Victoria – A national group representing survivors of the tainted blood tragedy is joining with BC Health Coalition and BC Hemophilia Society advocates today to bring the call for a BC ban on the sale of blood and plasma to the Legislature. The group BloodWatch.org were instrumental in ensuring private plasma company Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) was banned from operating in Ontario.…Read More

Safe blood advocates call for paid blood and plasma ban at Legislature

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 9, 2016 Victoria – A national group representing survivors of the tainted blood tragedy will to bring the call for a BC ban on the sale of blood and plasma to the Legislature tomorrow along with advocates from the BC Hemophilia Society and BC Health Coalition. The group BloodWatch.org were instrumental in ensuring private plasma company Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) was banned from operating in Ontario.…Read More

Health Care Advocates Welcome Federal Intervention in Cambie Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Health Care Advocates Welcome Federal Intervention in Cambie Case VANCOUVER (April 13) – Dr. Brian Day’s campaign to dismantle Canadian public health care was dealt a significant blow today as counsel for the Attorney General of Canada presented their intention to intervene in Cambie Surgical Centre et al. v. Medical Services Commission et al (Cambie Case) in BC Supreme Court.…Read More

Ban pay-for-plasma in B.C.: advocates

Concerned about safety and integrity of Canada’s voluntary blood system, BC Health Coalition calls for BC law stopping pay-for-plasma company from operating in the province Vancouver -- The BC Health Coalition is calling on B.C. to follow Ontario and Quebec’s lead and ban the sale of blood and plasma following news that the private company Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR) wants to open up shop in the province.…Read More

BC Budget fails to address public's concerns about MSP fees

Budget's small changes to unfair flat health tax a disappointment, say health advocates Victoria – Public health care advocates hoping for a long-awaited end to B.C.'s unfair Medical Services Plan premiums are disappointed in today's budget. The budget fails to respond to public calls to scrap the MSP and integrate it into the province's income tax system, as thousands of people in B.C. have called for in recent weeks.…Read More

Youth and seniors set to sock hop and talk politics

(PDF) Unique 50’s theme party brings generations of voters together on federal election sleeper issue: health care Vancouver – Voters of all ages will meet on the dance floor today for a 50’s themed party to engage young people in conversation with older generations about the future of Canada’s health care system as election fever heats up.…Read More

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