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Health: Contaminated Blood Products

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st July 2009.

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Photo of Lord Morris of Manchester Lord Morris of Manchester Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 16 June (WA 198), whether officials at the Department of Health, when discussing with the Association of British Insurers the issue of insurance for haemophilia patients with HIV, were aware that almost all of them were co-infected with hepatitis C.

To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 16 June (WA 198), whether the possible threat of vCJD infection to patients with haemophilia supported by the Macfarlane Trust was taken into account by officials at the Department of Health when discussing with the Association of British Insurers the general issue of insurance for such patients.

Photo of Lord Darzi of Denham Lord Darzi of Denham Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department of Health, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health)

The department was aware of the fact that many haemophilia patients were co-infected with both human immunodeficiency virus and hepatitis C at the time of its discussions with the Association of British Insurers (ABI). The Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) incidents panel has separately discussed with the ABI, the issue of patients who might be at risk of having been infected with vCJD, after receiving contaminated blood and blood products.

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