Health: Contaminated Blood Products — Debate

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 1:35 pm on 23rd April 2009.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour 1:35 pm, 23rd April 2009

My Lords, many unanswered questions remain, and clearly we must return soon to the urgency of the haemophilia community's plea for closure now on the basis of my noble and learned friend's landmark recommendations.

Meanwhile, I thank all noble Lords who have taken part in this debate, which I am sure we will find has nudged things forward considerably for the haemophilia community. I beg leave to withdraw the Motion.

Motion withdrawn.


paul desmond
Posted on 20 May 2009 3:31 pm (Report this annotation)

Tragically not a single Lord did the simple math.

Our 10,000,000 post war blood use procedures were 2.5% infectious, infecting 250,000 people by 1994. As admitted by the NHS and printed in the WHO HCV Epidemic Map 1999.

Every one of the Lords above has been told this both during the Inquiry and by in the 3rd March 2009 6 Hepatitis Asks Westminster Breifing.

In the name of God and our 100,000 NHS patient survivors DO THE MATH. There is no excuse for any of the above conversations, all our conversations need to be about diagnosing our 300,000 healthcare hcv infections, not a demented pretence that imagines 99% of infections are not there.

When we diagnose our 100,000 NHS HCV Super Bug Survivors and our 200,000 overseas survivors, what will they make of "banter" about 5000 infections? What will history do with such people?

Your sense of having had an full Inquiry, or an inkling of epidemic scale is fatally misplaced.

World Hepatitis Day 2009, I am saddened to have to pen such lines, and still happy to meet and explain where these infections occured and to which patient cohorts and which WHO Pandemic procedures can diagnose 60% infections by 2012.

Paul Desmond
CEO Am I Number 88?