TAINTED BLOOD REVIEW MUST GO FURTHER - WILLOTT

October 14, 2010 12:00 AM

Jenny Willott, the Liberal Democrat MP for Cardiff Central, has today called on the Government to do more to support victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

Her comments came as part of the Backbench Business Committee Debate on the tragedy, the first debate on the floor of the House of Commons about the issue since 1990.

Speaking during the debate Ms Willott welcomed moves by the Government to begin an urgent review into some of the recommendations put forward by Lord Archer in his investigation into the tragedy.

However, she criticised the Department of Health for not going further and reviewing all of his recommendations, including increasing compensation to victims of the scandal and their families.

Ms Willott also talked of the human cost of years of delay, including the tragic death of Haydn Lewis, her constituent and a long time campaigner on the issue who died of liver cancer caused by the Hepatitis C he contracted after being given contaminated blood.

Jenny said:

"I am really glad that we have finally been given the opportunity to debate the contaminated blood scandal. The people involved in this fight have been waiting 20 years for this and it is time they got the attention they deserve.

"This debate comes too late for people like Haydn Lewis, who did so much to shed light on the appalling events of the 70's and 80's.

"I am very pleased that the Government has committed itself to review, before Christmas, aspects of Lord Archer's recommendations. But I am disappointed at their refusal to look at the case for increasing compensation.

"I look forward to working with health minsters to try to get the best possible deal for the victims and their families and I hope we can see real progress by Christmas."

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