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Contaminated Blood and Blood Products Debate

Author: Selina Short Published: 19th October 2010 12:02

Contaminated Blood and Blood Products DebateContaminated Blood and Blood Products Debate

Andrea Leadsom MP for South Northamptonshire spoke up for the people who were infected by contaminated NHS supplied blood and blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.

However, along with the majority of MPs Andrea did not vote to agree with Lord Archer’s recommendation that compensation payments should be at least the equivalent to those made by the Republic of Ireland as it is estimated that implementing a similar scheme to Ireland’s here in the UK, would cost in excess of £3 billion.

Andrea Leadsom says:   “There was no question that in the Chamber MPs were supporting their constituents who were victims of this tragedy and urging the Government to find closure.  They have suffered long enough.

“Unfortunately, the motion before the house is not something we could agree with. I, personally, could not commit the Government to  following the same compensation scheme as Ireland because it was made under different circumstances. 

'We voted against the specific motion with heavy hearts, but I welcomed the Minister's pledge to review the compensation before Christmas. I will be meeting the Minister with my constituent, Stuart Fuller, as soon as possible to discuss the issue further.”

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At 11:31 on 28th October 2010, Stuart Fuller commented:
I was at the debate in the House of Commons, and heard this crazy figure of £3 billion being bounded about by the government.

If Andrea Leadsom and her government really want closure to this issue, then they should do their sums and find out exactly how much a fair and decent settlement would be, and I think you'll find it is less then the £1.5 billion committed by the government to people who lost their pensions.

So far over 2000 people have been left to die without any proper form of compensation or help. I am one of 350 survivors out of 1250 who were infected with contaminated blood containing both Hepatitis C & HIV at the age of 16.

No one is dying because of the pensions mistakes, however I loose up to 15-20 friends a year to contaminated blood, IS THIS FAIR!

Most if not all the MP's I spoke to wanted a fair settlement for the UK contaminated blood victims, and what we got on the 14th October was a government order called a 3 line whip to defeat a motion that would have given us a little bit of our life back.

I had been promised a meeting with Andrea Leadsom and the Minister Anne Milton in a bid to try and correct some of the wrong information that she has based her decision on. However this meeting doesn't look like it is going to happen. Instead a general meeting with Anne Milton and other sufferers is being planned.

I am left feeling anger and disappoint by the government response, because unlike the pensioners; at least they have a figure to base their future on, I have none.

I hope Andrea Leadsom take this last opportunity to meet with me and discuss the real cost of ending an issue that has blight my health and life for the past 25 years, before the Minister announces what she thinks if adequate compensation.

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