Concerns mounting over Sask. Party supported private plasma donation clinic

The Saskatchewan NDP is once again calling on the Sask. Party to rethink its support of the opening of a private plasma donation clinic in Saskatoon after the Canadian Blood Services recently raised a number of concerns.

“Initially there were concerns around the adverse effects the private clinic would have on a public system that should have been bolstered instead of undermined,” said NDP Health Critic Danielle Chartier. “Now, plasma donations are dropping and Canadian Blood Services no longer sees the clinic as a viable option to increase donors and has concerns that patients will be put at risk. It’s clear that the privatized option was the wrong choice from the get-go.”

Chartier said the Sask. Party’s focus should have been on increasing donations by improving the established public system.

“After blowing through the Rainy-Day Fund and record revenues, the government is desperate to make the people of Saskatchewan pay for Sask. Party mismanagement, scandal, and waste; and this is just another example of how they have put the interests of a private business ahead of the best interests of Saskatchewan people,” Chartier said.