Call to Action recommends fundamental system change for Canadians
OTTAWA, June 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Canadian Blood Services today released Call to Action, a blueprint for the national strategy on organ and tissue donation and
transplantation developed on behalf of the OTDT community in Canada. Call to Action is an integrated, cost-shared plan that identifies gaps in the current
Canadian system and provides a set of 25 recommendations focused on
sustained, breakthrough performance in this country.
In 2008, the federal, provincial and territorial ministries of health
(except Québec) recognized the need for a national strategy to address
the problems with organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT)
in Canada, and directed Canadian Blood Services to work with the OTDT
community to develop a plan that better serves Canadian patients and
significantly improves on past performance. After extensive
consultations, Call to Action was submitted to governments in April 2011.
At the report's core are strategies that help provinces achieve together
what they cannot achieve alone, including key recommendations that
experts say will lead to breakthrough performance. Critical gains in
accountability, reduction in transplant wait times, and better patient
outcomes with more lives saved and/or improved are some of the benefits
Canadians can expect from a new system.
"Governments are continuing their leadership with an ongoing commitment
to work together to solve the problems with the OTDT system," said
Canadian Blood Services Chair Leah Hollins. "The integrated, national
strategy laid out in Call to Action is well aligned with the vision the country's premiers and other
healthcare leaders have been discussing and acting on since the Council
of Federation meeting in Victoria earlier this year. Call to Action recommendations highlight how a national system will not only save and
improve more lives, but also provide more value for precious healthcare
"Governments have already seen the immediate benefits of
cross-jurisdictional integration over the past four years since asking
Canadian Blood Services to implement change, not just make
recommendations," said Dr. Graham Sher, Canadian Blood Services Chief
Executive Officer. "Call to Action is the voice of the OTDT community in Canada. It is a strategy that
leverages existing successes, strengths, and investments in the system,
and paves the way for the collaboration, coordination, and clear
accountability needed for Canada to truly reach its potential."
For the past year, Canadian Blood Services has been assisting
governments as they review Call to Action recommendations and determine what they could mean for provincial
health care systems. Having completed this first stage of analysis,
governments have asked Canadian Blood Services to develop detailed
implementation plans for consideration of a phased approach - one that
reflects the unique jurisdictional requirements and fiscal challenges
of individual provinces. These plans will be developed with governments
over the coming months.
To view the report, visit www.blood.ca or www.organsandtissues.ca
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable
organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all
provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services
also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides
national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation.
Canadian Blood Services operates 42 permanent collection sites and more
than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial
Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood
Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible
for regulating the blood system.
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