New York Times (11/27/97)
At the conclusion of a federal inquiry, Canadian Justice
Horace Krever has issued a report advocating that the Canadian
government take responsibility for the tainted blood and blood
products given out during the previous decade. In the report,
Krever writes that the more than 1,000 Canadians who
contracted HIV as a result of those blood products should be
compensated without having to file lawsuits. In addition,
tens of thousands of people became infected with Hepatitis C,
and Krever notes that those people also deserve compensation.
The report, which must receive government approval before any
of the suggestions can be carried out, contains 50
recommendations for overhauling Canada's blood system. Krever
notes that many of the "problems stemmed from the way public
health authorities dragged their feet in implementing new
safeguards. There were delays in screening blood donors and
in setting up procedures for notifying blood recipients."
Krever's report also points to the Canadian Red Cross Society,
which he says should have taken more definitive action sooner.