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Archer Inquiry

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 4:00 pm on 1st July 2009.

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Photo of Lynne Featherstone Lynne Featherstone Shadow Minister (Children, Schools and Families), Liberal Democrat Spokeperson (Children, Schools and Families) 4:00 pm, 1st July 2009

I must declare an interest because my nephew is a haemophiliac, and he has been infected with hepatitis C. He was forced to carry on taking treatment that was not safe long after the Government knew about the infected blood. The manufactured blood product, recombinant, was available only to those under the age of 16. Any haemophiliac over 16 had to take potentially infected injections. There has been an entrenched resistance by the Government to admit what happened in the past. Now, though, as Nia Griffith said, we must move forward to deal with the issue in an open, frank and honest way, which will give sway to the relatives and change their futures.