Health Secretary asked to explain his party’s manifesto snub of victims of the contaminated blood scandal

Written by Aaron Dennis, November 27, 2019

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has been asked by The Haemophilia Society to explain his party’s silence on the Infected Blood Inquiry its general election manifesto.

In a letter sent this week, CEO Liz Carroll told Mr Hancock of the charity’s anger and frustration that the Conservative Party had ignored the contaminated blood scandal and the outcome of the Infected Blood Inquiry in its manifesto, which was launched on Sunday.

Ms Carroll also asked Mr Hancock to confirm his comments made to the Daily Mail on 9 November in which he said that he “stands ready to ensure that any compensation is funded” if that was the recommendation of the Infected Blood Inquiry.

Ms Carroll wrote: “This community needs to know that when the Infected Blood Inquiry has done its work – work instigated by your party – politicians will not turn their backs on it once again. I ask you to play your part in ensuring those infected and affected by the contaminated blood scandal receive the support they need.”

You can read the letter from Ms Carroll to Mr Hancock in full here