At a press conference yesterday, National Health Commission officials responded to public concerns following the November 14 announcement that blood donation records would be included in individual social credit files.
Officials clarified that not donating blood wouldn’t result in punishment and wouldn’t negatively impact social credit. But they did double down on the inclusion of blood donation in the system overall:
Guo Yanhong, [supervisor of the National Health Commission’s Medical Administration Bureau], explained that the reason why voluntary blood donation should be included in credit files is that the practice has already been [successfully implemented] in some localities. Shandong, Jiangxi, Zhejiang, Jiangsu and other places use blood donation records as a positive metric in personal credit systems.
Trivium’s take: Health Commission officials have missed the point. Whether or not non-donors would be actively penalized wasn’t really the issue under debate. The issues were:
- The possibility of unequal rewards for donors by default
- The expansion of the social credit system beyond reasonable limits
Not only have those issues not been addressed, the core questions have been underscored and amplified.