Office of the Premier

Task force remains resolved to have Canadian Blood Services decision reversed (09/08/19)

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Aug. 19, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - Members of the Task Force on Blood Services met this week and have agreed to continue their efforts aimed at reversing the decision of Canadian Blood Services to close its New Brunswick production centre in Saint John.

Members of the task force and concerned stakeholders held a two-day meeting with Canadian Blood Services on June 15-16 in Fredericton. A variety of stakeholders from the medical community brought forward their concerns and recommendations, and presented the agency with a number of questions.

The task force and medical community stakeholders have reviewed responses to these questions, but continue to have unresolved concerns.

The task force will continue to work with stakeholders and the Department of Health to fulfil its mandate to reverse the decision.

The non-partisan task force was appointed by provincial 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 maintain the Canadian Blood Services operations in Saint John.

The task force, under the direction of Premier Shawn Graham and David Alward, leader of the official Opposition, has a mandate to develop and implement an action plan aimed at reversing the decision of Canadian Blood Services to close the centre.

Dalhousie-Restigouche East MLA Donald Arseneault and Saint John-Fundy MLA Stuart Jamieson are representing the government caucus, while Rothesay MLA Margaret-Ann Blaney and Tracadie-Sheila MLA Claude Landry are representing the Opposition caucus.


MEDIA CONTACTS: Carl Davies, 506-453-8737; Jane Matthews-Clark, 506-453-8762.