Ian Austin MP

Labour MP for Dudley North

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Austin calls for answers for victims of Contaminated Blood Scandal

Ian Austin has spoken out in Parliament to demand the government reveal the truth about the contaminated blood scandal that left 2,400 people dead.

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The Dudley North MP has been working with MPs to push for the public enquiry that was announced last week, after hearing from constituents affected by the scandal.

Thousands of people were given NHS blood products infected with hepatitis C and HIV in the 1970s and 1980s.

Austin has heard from constituents who were not told of the risks involved. He believes the facts have been covered up for years.

Ian Austin said:

“The stories I’ve heard from local people affected by contaminated blood have been horrendous. I’ve been calling for a public enquiry so that they can get the truth about what happened and I’m pleased this has finally been announced but it’s vital we get the full facts.

“One of my constituents was infected with hepatitis C and exposed to the HIV virus, but was not informed of that by the NHS until years afterwards and he wants to be assured that the inquiry will reveal why the truth was hidden.

"Another wants the full facts about doctors and scientists who were being paid by American drug companies and how that led to patients in the UK being infected.

"He thinks that those deals have to be really properly and rigorously exposed by this inquiry, so that we can get to the bottom of whatever vested interests existed during this scandal."

“Many of those who survived infections are suffering financially through their inability to work due to various health conditions coupled with a lack of proper compensation and necessary support.

“I’ve been fighting the Government for years to do more to compensate and provide support for people who have suffered due to contaminated blood provided by the NHS.

“We must now keep the pressure up and a close eye on the inquiry as it is set up and undertakes its work. I’m a member of the All-Party Parliamentary Campaign on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood and will work with other MPs and those affected to ensure the full truth is revealed and that those still living with the consequences receive the dignity of a full, fair and lasting settlement.”

 

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