Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Canadian organ donation and transplantation streamlined in new national system

From CNW:

Patient/donor registries and $35 million in new funding will save lives

OTTAWA, Aug. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - Federal, provincial and territorial ministries of health announced today a combined investment of $35 million over the next five years to create an integrated national system to significantly improve organ donation and transplantation in Canada.

Under the new funding arrangement, the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation (CCDT) has merged with Canadian Blood Services, which has expanded its mandate and operations beyond blood services and into organ and tissue donation and transplantation.

Provinces and territories, except Québec, will provide half the total funding, and jurisdictions will collaborate with Canadian Blood Services in the creation of three priority national registries to more quickly match patients and donors across Canada.

"National and provincial registries are critical tools for clinicians and patients. These investments mean we will be able to offer hope and save more lives," said Alberta Minister of Health and Wellness Ron Liepert, on behalf of the provinces and territories.

"Health Canada is pleased to have financially supported the excellent work of the CCDT over the last six years. This work has served to identify key priorities and solutions for improving the coordination of organ and tissue donation and transplantation across Canada, and to bring us to this new juncture," said Tony Clement, Federal Minister of Health.

Health Canada's support to Canadian Blood Services ($3.58 million per year for five years) is targeted for public education and awareness, support for leading clinical practices and system performance improvement, and the development of a strategic plan.

"Canadian Blood Services takes seriously our new responsibilities for donation and transplantation in Canada, and will work closely with organ and tissue stakeholders in moving the work of the CCDT to action," said Dr. Graham Sher, Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Blood Services.

Ministers of health strongly encourage all Canadians to consider organ and tissue donation and discuss their wishes with family. Canadians from diverse communities can make the life saving choice to become organ donors.

About Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the blood supply in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec and oversees the country's OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network. A dedicated team of about 4,600 staff and 17,000 volunteers enable us to operate 41 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. Canadian Blood Services is a non-governmental organization, howeverthe Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health provide operationalfunding, and the federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible forregulating the blood system. For more information, please visit our Web site.

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