Canadian Hemophilia Society

Canadian Hemophilia Society

November 18, 2005 14:56 ET

Canadian Hemophilia Society Responds to the 'Memorandum of Understanding' Regarding Pre-1986/Post-1990 Hepatitis C Victims

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 18, 2005) - The Canadian Hemophilia Society (CHS) is pleased that the federal government has finally made an absolute commitment to compensate everyone infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) contracted through blood and blood products received through the Canadian blood system. This should provide HCV victims with reassurance that they will indeed be eventually compensated. The CHS is, however, disappointed that the process has taken so long and is still not finally resolved.

Many years have gone by, during which the information that was necessary to make the decision to compensate everyone (current size of the class, their current health status and the likely progression of the disease in the class) could have been collected. The lack of information speaks to an overall failure of governments, both federal and provincial, to understand and appreciate the HCV epidemic that exists in this country, both amongst those infected with HCV through tainted blood and those that make up the larger community of people infected with HCV.

The CHS has repeatedly made it clear that the schedule of compensation payments received by individuals now excluded from the original 1986-1990 compensation agreement must be equal to that received by people already included in the 1986-1990 agreement. There should be very little additional information that is needed to determine which individuals will qualify for initial payments.

The federal government should provide initial payments as emergency relief to people in need as they finalize their accounting details regarding the total value of the plan.

Representatives of the CHS will be in Ottawa on November 21st to support Mr. Ernie Zivny, in his efforts to draw attention to the delays in receiving compensation for pre-1986 - post-1990 recipients of tainted blood.

On November 22nd, representatives of the CHS, along with colleagues from other organizations involved in hepatitis C-related work, will be in Ottawa to launch the document, "Responding to the Epidemic: Recommendations for a Canadian Hepatitis C Strategy / Vers une reponse a l'epidemie: Recommandations pour une Strategie canadiennne sur l'hepatite C". The launch will be held in the Commonwealth Room, Centre Block, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Contact Information

  • CHS HCV/HIV Task Force
    John Plater
    (416) 525-4247
    David Page
    Director, Programs and Communications
    (418) 884-2277