Diana Johnson MP is
Co-Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia &
Contaminated Blood. Today it publishes a report into the current support
for individuals affected by the contaminated blood scandal.
From the 1970s through to the
early-1990s, thousands of people underwent treatment with NHS-supplied
blood products. Many of these products are now known to have been
contaminated with HIV and/or Hepatitis C. Although this scandal only
affected a small proportion of the population, it infected almost the
entire community of people with haemophilia; and for everyone who was
affected by these conditions, their lives were changed forever.
The tragic psychological and
financial damage caused by these conditions is considerable, and
stretches across generations. Primary earners’ careers were ruined by
infection. Many affected found themselves completely unable to work,
others were forced to cut down their hours and never enjoyed the career
progression they would have had if the viruses never affected them. The
scandal also spilled over to the carers, partners and dependants of
those affected, who often had to sacrifice their own careers to support
their loved ones. Should their partners die before they do, they find
themselves unable to support themselves, having lost the skills
necessary to get by in today’s labour market.
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