April 23, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Members of the Task Force on Blood Services have begun meeting with experts and stakeholders in the community to reach the task force's objective of having Canadian Blood Services reverse its restructuring decisions with respect to New Brunswick.
In a meeting yesterday, a variety of stakeholders from the medical community brought their concerns forward to the group.
The task force's next steps are to meet with members of the business community.
The non-partisan task force was appointed by government and the official Opposition following a unanimous vote in favour of an opposition motion in the legislative assembly on Thursday, April 2. The motion urged all levels of government to work together to preserve the Canadian Blood Services operations that currently exist in Saint John.
Under the direction of Premier Shawn Graham and Leader of the Opposition David Alward, the task force's mandate is to develop and implement an action plan aimed at reversing the decision of the Canadian Blood Services to close the New Brunswick Production Centre, located in Saint John.
Representing the government caucus is Donald Arseneault (MLA for Dalhousie-Restigouche East and minister of post-secondary education, training and labour) and Stuart Jamieson (MLA for Saint John-Fundy and minister of tourism and parks). Representing the Opposition caucus is Margaret-Ann Blaney (MLA for Rothesay) and Claude Landry (MLA for Tracadie-Sheila).
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a list of medical community representatives who met with the task force. MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Davies, 506-453-8737, or Tyler Campbell, 506-453 7494.
Medical community representatives who met with the task force