A STATE Government MP has called on the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to reconsider its decision to close its former Hamilton Blood Bank.
Member for Western Victoria, David Koch said the decision had come as a huge shock to him as well as the 900 regular blood donors from the Hamilton catchment area.
He questioned the suitability of a replacement service, with the town instead being visited by a mobile collection service twice a year, in May and October.
The centre shut its doors on January 16, with four part-time staff losing their job.
Mr Koch called on Health Minister, David Davis, to encourage the Australian Red Cross Blood Service to be more responsive to country donors and review its decision to only provide a twice-yearly mobile blood collection service for Hamilton donors.
“There may well be other regional centres that have faced a similar fate without any community consultation or support,” he said.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.