Canadian Province Looking at Some Mandatory Blood Tests
October 17, 2007
On Tuesday, Manitoba's Tory health critic, Kelvin Goertzen, introduced a bill to allow first responders, crime victims, and Good Samaritans who are accidentally splashed with someone else's blood to obtain a court-ordered test of that blood for HIV or hepatitis C. "When someone is acting as a lifesaver or if they are a victim they should not be punished," said Goertzen, who added that paramedics lobbied him for the bill. Manitoba Health Minister Theresa Oswald said she fully supports the intent of the measure. However, she said it is based on an Ontario bill that had to be repealed due to concerns about the role of medical officers of health. Oswald said she supports an amended or rewritten version of the bill.
10.16.2007; Winnipeg Free Press