Contaminated Blood - Children And Dependants Who Are Now Adults Should Be Included In The Consultation

 

 My intervention in the Contaminated Blood debate:

My intervention in the Contaminated Blood debate:

My hon. Friend mentioned the impact on families. My constituents, David and Vincent Farrugia, tragically lost their father Barry after he contracted HIV and hepatitis C from contaminated blood. The families and the bereaved are not included in the consultation—there is no provision for children, dependents or bereaved families. Does my hon. Friend agree that children and dependants who are now adults should be included in the consultation?

Jonathan Reynolds: I agree with my hon. Friend. When we learn the details of these cases it is clear that people’s entire lives have been grievously affected, and it is only right that everyone associated with those injured parties is given the opportunity to take part in the remedy that is required. I would point out to the Department of Health that almost all of the victims of this disaster were infected at least 30 years ago, and there is substantial research evidence showing that by now they have suffered significant damage to their health and earning potential. That must be taken into consideration.

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