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MPs call for an Inquiry into the Contaminated Blood Scandal

A debate was held this afternoon in Parliament on Contaminated Blood led by Andy Burnham. Many other MPs from across the house rose to speak in support of those affected by contaminated blood products.

Mr Burnham provided evidence of medical records that were changed or contained false information, diagnosis of infection with blood-borne viruses that were not shared with patients and testing without permission.

He told how warnings of known risks of blood products, going as far back as the 1970s, particularly stemming from the use of high risk donors in the United States were not shared with patients and hidden. He also described unethical clinical trials on patients with bleeding disorders.

Mr Burnham described how thousands have been failed by successive governments. Calling for an inquiry, Andy Burnham described this as a “criminal cover-up on an industrial scale”. He said that the public need to know the full story.

The Haemophilia Society strongly support the call for a inquiry with power to summon witnesses and consider all documents including those withheld due to commercial sensitivity and to report on what happened and what could have been done differently. It must also have the power to consider evidence of negligence.

The Haemophilia Society hope that all parties standing in this election include in their manifesto a commitment to an inquiry into what happened that will deliver the truth and justice for all those affected.

Jefferson Courtney

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7 Comments

  1. Martin 3 months ago 26th April 2017

    We as haemophiliacs can only hope for our political parties will put a pledge into manifestoes for an enquiring/full compensation regarding contaminated blood.
    I’m guessing that that will not happen and it will be brushback under the carpet.
    Nicola Blackwood as a representative for the Department of health seems to have a one answer answers all questions policy on haemophiliac contaminated blood. The government have made there decision and consultations for show.

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  2. Stephen Dorey 3 months ago 26th April 2017

    It is interesting to make a comparison with the Hillsborough disaster.

    The 96 Hillsborough victims died on one day, in one geographical place in broad daylight. Under the gaze of cameras and thousands of onlookers. The news was carried on TV, radio and newspapers.
    Relatives and supporters fought for 27 years to uncover the truth while those in authority tried to cover up their responsibility and blame the victims. There was an official inquiry, an independent panel and new inquests. It was eventually decided that people in authority had made wrong decisions. This tragedy appears to be finally coming to a conclusion.

    Exactly 25 times as many haemophiliacs have died from the worst known NHS disaster. (96 X 25 = 2400).
    The 2400 haemophiliacs have died separately, over decades, in every part of the UK. Privately, in darkened rooms, curtained off in individual hospitals and hospices. With a handful of loved ones in attendance.
    And they are still dying!
    Relatives and supporters have been fighting for decades to establish the truth while many in authority have dismissed responsibility. Requests for a public inquiry have been refused and much evidence has mysteriously gone missing. Few, if any, inquests have been held.

    Ask the person in the street if they have heard of Hillsborough.
    Ask the person in the street if they have heard of haemophilia.

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  3. Maggie 3 months ago 27th April 2017

    The reference to dying privately in darkened rooms resonates strongly. Victims of this colossal NHS disaster lose the ability to speak honestly about the blight on their lives due to continued public ignorance and fear, despite improvements over the past 3 decades. It is another major loss, being unable to honestly share what is happening in a way that you could if you were, for example, affected by cancer. The stress of hyper vigilance around vital confidentiality must in itself contribute to the mental and physical decline of many.

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  4. thomas SEXTON 3 months ago 1st May 2017

    what a cover up, hiv/hepititus c politicians who fiddled their expenses ,now want to spend millions on the houses of parliament and give millions for repairs to Buckingham Palace who are now under investigation over money spent in campaigning for the last general election have received pay rises awarded by an independent body well above those in the public sector have the audacity to deny an independent inquiry to the the NHS tainted blood scandal .How can they continue to take this stance knowing of the past evidence and the new evidence identified in Andy Burnhan;s final speech as an MP.If the government ignores this they are in my opinion admitting they are protecting a massive wrongdoing and are not worthy of representing ordinary honest people,As Prime Minister Teresa May must ensure she stands up for devastation caused to individuals and their families it the only way to end this scandal , so i say well done Andy Burnham , and to the Prime Minister do the right thing

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  5. Janette Prestland 3 months ago 11th May 2017

    Well done to Andy Burnham, my husband and daughter both have hep c due to infected bloods, my husband Has heamaphylia and daughter is a carrier she also has heamaphylia they both have type B or what used to be called Christmas decease.
    Both have lived with fears of AIDS until they were tested also our daughter underwent a year of treatment that made her very ill for the hep c that did not work. I sincerely hope Teresa May does something constructive and not try to brush it under the carpet!

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  6. Lee 2 months ago 21st May 2017

    I don’t have haemophilia, but was given blood products in the 1980’s whilst in the ICU following a vicious assault on my person. Turns out they gave me Hep C and for 30 years I went untreated. I have now been treated and have the all clear, but I now have cirrhosis and am at significant risk of getting cancer. I contacted the Skipton fund and tried to claim, but surprise surprise the hospital had destroyed all their records. I like many others am left with a slow death sentence. No apology, no payment for damages caused. Nothing except a reduced quality of life and much anger for the powers that be. We need justice!

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  7. Louise Walker 2 weeks ago 11th July 2017

    This is too little too late. One of my good childhood friends ( with haemophilia) died from HIV from contaminated Factor VIII in 1995. His brother had died from the same cause 5 years previously. This led their parents to die childless, bereft, guilty and alone. The whole thing was deeply saddening, and i am appalled that this is happening now. Terrible.

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