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Thursday, July 13, 2017


Labour's Andy Burnham has told Sky News he is prepared to go the police if the Government does not act on the contaminated blood scandal

Labour's Andy Burnham has told Sky News he is prepared to go the police if the Government does not act on the contaminated blood scandal

The former health secretary, who is now mayor of Greater Manchester, says he has received "serious allegations" from victims and wants a public inquiry to get to the truth about what he called an "orchestrated cover-up."

Prime Minister Theresa May is facing calls to announce a Hillsborough-style inquiry into the allegations, including claims that patients were not told of the risks, even after the dangers became clear.

A joint letter signed by six opposition leaders calls the scandal, which has claimed the lives of at least 2,400 people in Britain, "one of the worst peacetime disasters in our country's history."

The number includes many hemophiliacs who died from hepatitis C and AIDS-related illnesses after receiving contaminated blood products from the NHS in the 1970s and 1980s.

Mrs. May has promised that health ministers "will look at any new evidence that is brought forward", and the Department of Health said the amount of money spent on payments to victims was increased to record levels in 2016.

Mr. Burnham said a national public inquiry would be able to get to the truth quicker than a police investigation and could examine documents at both a local and national level.

He said: "I've got extensive evidence that's been sent to me by many victims of serious crimes in my view - falsification of medical records, people being tested for hepatitis C, HIV without their knowledge or consent.

"Also positive diagnoses of HIV and hep C being withheld from people and those people not knowing that they had it subsequently then infecting partners or other family members. Serious, serious allegations."

The six leaders, including Labour's Jeremy Corbyn and the Democratic Unionist Party's Nigel Dodds, said in their letter: "Whenever public disasters of this kind take place, Government has a fundamental duty to support those affected in getting the answers they need; to disclose everything they know; and to ensure that officials are called to account for their actions.

"We regret that for many decades, the victims of the contaminated blood scandal have been denied this right."

Supplies of the clotting agent Factor VIII were imported from the US, some of which turned out to be infected. Much of the plasma used to make the product came from donors like prison inmates in the US, who sold their blood.

The joint letter calls for the inquiry to "investigate the role of profit-making American firms in supplying blood factor concentrates to people with hemophilia".

Liz Carroll, chief executive of The Haemophilia Society, welcomed the publication of the letter and said she hopes the PM "acts swiftly to right this historic wrong".

She said: "Almost 2,500 of our members have died and will never see justice while 2,500 more still suffer from substantial health issues.

"Despite support from the Government, many continue to live in poverty - with an uncertain future - unable to work as careers were cut short due to ill health or to care for loved ones.

"The Government has said that no liability has been shown, however, there has never been an inquiry with a remit to investigate and challenge this claim."

Source: By Alan McGuinness, Political Reporter


The opinion of the writers of this blog

In a decaying society, in which governments and politicians cover up drug scandals, contaminated vaccines scandals, and medical crimes, it's rare to get such an honest politician like Labour's Andy Burnham. The tone of his political ambition "Be Part Of The Change," reveals who he is.

If the world has 2% of such a politician it would have been better than what we are witnessing today. Like Aids and Ebola, many medical crimes and scandals have been successfully covered up for decades. Such deceitful actions don't only mislead people but also destroy an entire nation.

So we understand Andy Burnham telling Sky News that he is prepared to go the police if the Government does not act on the contaminated blood scandal. Britain played a major role in the spread of Aids in certain countries, such as Uganda and South Africa. 

We congratulate Andy Burnham for the bold step he has taken, hoping other corrupt and dishonest politicians will learn something from him.

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