Contaminated Blood Products

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 11:00 am on 9th September 2015.

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Photo of Margaret Ritchie Margaret Ritchie Social Democratic and Labour Party, South Down 11:00 am, 9th September 2015

I am grateful for that helpful intervention, which characterises the real emotional trauma and pain that people who have been given contaminated blood products have had to endure for many years. The uncertainty needs to be addressed as well. The only body and the only people who can address the problems endured by those affected are the Government.

There is concern that the compensation resulting from the consultation could come directly out of Department of Health funds. Nobody who is suffering as a result of contaminated blood products wants anyone else with any other type of illness to suffer because of a lack of resources. Dedicated funding should come out of the Government’s contingency funds for people who suffer from this ailment, because these are special circumstances.