Despite a possible strike 1,000 blood donations are needed every day to meet patients' needs

Montréal, April 26, 2010 — Héma-Québec will do everything necessary to prevent negative impacts on the collective blood supply, despite the announcement by three of the nine unions representing its unionized personnel of a possible strike on May 5, 2010.

Héma-Québec wishes to inform donors that they will still be expected and welcomed at the blood donor clinics scheduled for May 5, just like any other day. "One thousand blood donations are needed every day to meet the needs of patients so they can recover their health. Our first concern is to be able to give the hospitals the blood products they need. With this in mind, we will ensure that blood donors will have full access to the blood donor clinics at all times," said Manon Pepin, Vice-President, Public Affairs and Marketing.

Héma-Québec prefers to negotiate a solution that will satisfy all of the parties. Efforts to reach a favourable settlement are continuing. Héma-Québec, just like the three CSN unions representing the Montréal facility, hopes to reach an agreement as soon as possible.

About Héma-Québec

Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to meet the needs of all Quebecers; to provide and develop expertise along with specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion medicine and human tissue transplantation.

Give blood. Give life.

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