Tony Farrugia, 43, of Howitt’s Gardens, Eynesbury, is pushing for the
scope of the Penrose Inquiry – a public inquiry into HIV and Hepatitis C
infections acquired from NHS treatment with blood and blood products in
Scotland – to bring justice to patients and their families. He said
that it would still be relevant to his cause in England, as the blood
was given to patients prior to the Scottish NHS being separated from
Farrugia lost his father Barry and uncles Victor and David – who were
all haemophiliacs – as a result of the treatment they were given with
contaminated blood. The hereditary condition, which prevents blood from
clotting, meant that they required the protein Factor VIII to be
administered during medical treatment.
Unbeknown to the public,
the NHS had sourced paid-for blood donations which were distributed by
American suppliers and taken from communities with an increased risk of
having potentially deadly infections, such as prison inmates.
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