As representatives of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Ghana, we write to point out the misinformation contained in that report. Our investigation into the matter has clearly established that the said Rebecca Dankwa was not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Since this person mentioned in the report was not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, we are at a loss as to why the name of Jehovah’s Witnesses should be linked to the story. We, therefore, request that you publish a retraction of the part of the story that mentioned Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The National Blood Authority’s expert panel on blood transfusions includes one member who doesn’t believe in blood transfusions at all.
Moreover, Shannon Farmer has a commercial interest in alternatives to blood transfusions; http://theoncologist.alphamedpress.org/content/16/suppl_3/3.full
Clive Hunton reports from Canberra.
First posted 01/06/2015 12:44:08
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THE WA Department of Health has paid almost $4 million to two Jehovah’s Witnesses, neither of whom is a medical doctor, to roll out a statewide program to cut blood transfusions to thousands of patients being treated in public hospitals.
The Sunday Times can reveal the two men, Axel Hofmann and Shannon Farmer – whose religion is vehemently opposed to blood transfusions – won the lucrative five-year contract in 2008, with an American associate, without having to bid for the job. Continue reading