Schumer unveils plan to promote blood donations

NORWICH – The blood supply in central New York has reached a dangerously low level, with many areas reporting nearly 15 percent less blood has been than what is needed.

In reaction to this dangerous figure, State Senator Charles Schumer announced last week a plan to promote blood donations across the state to avert a potential crisis situation.

“Across upstate New York, hospitals are encountering a staggering shortage of available blood, which threatens patient safety and the public health,” said Schumer. “It’s crucial that the federal government, local businesses and New York residents rally together to buoy the state’s blood supply so that there is a steady, safe supply available for residents across the state.”

Schumer has called upon the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Mike Leavitt, to immediately allocate $10 million for a widespread blood donation promotion campaign. Schumer also called on the federal government and businesses to reward employees who donate blood by granting them comp time.

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