Thursday, April 2, 2009

Saint John Board of Trade Concerned with Closure of Blood Distribution Center

The Saint John Board of Trade is concerned with the decision announced by Canadian Blood Services to close the Saint John distribution center on University Avenue. “I think there is some shock in Saint John that we were not alerted to this prior to the announcement. This impacts our ability to provide the best health care, from a spectrum of specialties including oncology, surgery, hematology and Trauma, to the residents of Saint John and the Province of New Brunswick” said Dr. Michael Barry, Chair of the Saint John Board of Trade. “The Board of Trade urges both levels of government and Canadian Blood Services to work together on this issue to develop a rapid solution to mitigate the potentially negative impact on our healthcare system.”

The Saint John Board of Trade is a nationally accredited business organization dedicated to fostering an economic climate that enhances growth, prosperity, and an improved quality of life in the community.  With more than 1,000 members, representing 600 small, medium, and large businesses and organizations and therefore, the interests of more than 30,000 citizens, the Board is a dynamic advocate and the principal voice for the business community of Greater Saint John.  It offers a variety of programs, activities, services, and networking opportunities designed to enhance the business prospects of members and the overall business climate of the area.

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