Contaminated Blood

12th July 2017

Anne Main MP has said that compensation to victims ought to be considered following the government’s announcement of an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal. 

The St Albans MP, who previously raised a constituent’s experience in the House of Commons, spoke in yesterday’s emergency debate in which the public inquiry was announced.  

‘My constituent, who does not wish to be named, wants us to include the remit of the Skipton Fund in this review.’  Mrs Main added, ‘She, and many others, feel that the remit was wrongly drawn up, and that she and others have been denied the justice they should have had.’

The contaminated blood scandal which led to ‘many people being infected with HIV and/or hepatitis C through NHS-supplied blood or blood products’ will now be looked into following ‘new evidence’ and  ‘allegations of potential criminality,’ health minister, Philip Dunne, announced.

After the debate, Anne said that ‘in light of the claims made in the media last week about potential criminality, I called for a public inquiry, so I’m pleased the government has taken this step.

‘We ought not to forget about the real damage here that’s been done to people’s lives.  There have been real problems with the Skipton Fund and the very narrow criteria that it has applied.  This inquiry should seek to look at these matters in detail.’

Mrs Main previously said that ‘This tragedy has affected multiple members of many families. It has affected the quality of people’s lives and their aspirations over many years,’ and that ‘justice delayed is justice denied. Justice that has been delayed for such a long time is really no justice at all.’

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