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Penrose inquiry: David Cameron apologises over infected blood

Prime Minister David Cameron has apologised on behalf of the British government to victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

It came after a Scottish inquiry described the saga as “the stuff of nightmares”. Thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through NHS blood products in the 1970s and 80s. But the inquiry concluded few matters could have been done differently. And it made only a single recommendation – that anyone in Scotland who had a blood transfusion before 1991 should be tested for Hepatitis C if they have not already done so.

There was an angry response to the report from victims and relatives who had gathered at the National Museum in Edinburgh to see its publication after a six year wait, with shouts of “whitewash” after its conclusions were read out. The contaminated blood scandal has been described as the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS, and was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of people, many of whom had been haemophiliac patients.

Click on the link to read and watch the video’s of today’s announcement

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-32041715

You can read the Penrose Inquiry Final Report by clicking on the PDF here.. Penrose inquiry Final report

 

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Lord Penrose’s inquiry took six years to complete it’s report

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The biggest disaster in the NHS’s history: 2,000 died after 34,000 were given HIV or hepatitis C through infected blood…but it took 30 years for an apology

7,500 people, many haemophiliacs, given contaminated blood

  • Diseases came from high risk donors including prostitutes and prisoners 
  • Many victims needed liver transplants and dialysis
  • People inadvertently infected partners and children with diseases 
  • Follows publication of 1,800-page, six-year report into scandal  

The Government will apologise this week for what has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of the National Health Service – the infection of thousands of patients with deadly diseases through use of contaminated blood products.

Following the personal intervention of David Cameron, there will be a formal statement of regret given to the House of Commons, similar to those acknowledging the official failures of Bloody Sunday and the Hillsborough football disaster. This will come after the publication on Wednesday of the 1,800-page Penrose Inquiry, a six-year report into a scandal that has led to more than 2,000 British deaths. About 7,500 people, many of them haemophiliacs, are known to have contracted HIV and hepatitis C after being given imported blood products taken from high-risk donors such as prostitutes and prisoners in the 1970s and 1980s.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3006062/The-biggest-disaster-NHS-s-history-2-000-died-34-000-given-HIV-hepatitis-C-infected-blood-took-30-years-apology.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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Long fight: Members of the Haemophilia Society delegation delivered a petition to David Cameron, along with lilies to represent people that have died as a result of being given infected blood

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World AIDS Day 2014: This is what HIV looks like

The truth about HIV:

  • There are nearly 110,000 people living with HIV in the UK
  • Approximately 26,000 people living with HIV in the UK have not yet been diagnosed
  • More than one million HIV tests were performed in sexual health clinics in 2013
  • In 2013, 6,000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV  in the UK
  • In 2013, 42 per cent of adults newly diagnosed HIV were diagnosed late, after they should have started treatment
  • In 2013 less than 1 per cent of people with HIV died
  • Around 1 in 17 men who have sex with men (MSM) living in the  UK has HIV
  • Black African people make up 1.8 per cent of the UK population but 36% of all people living  with HIV
  • In 2013 there were 2,449 black Caribbean people in the UK living with a diagnosed HIV and accessing HIV care

More information from  National Aids Trust nat.org.uk

When Hunter Charlton was diagnosed with the virus aged 20, he was overcome with grief, believing he would be dead within 10 years. As he learnt more, the anguish turned to anger – at the ignorance that still causes fear and stigma for so many like him.

In a single moment, my life was irreversibly altered. The doctor’s reassurances washed over me in a haze: it was as if he was trying to communicate with me in a language I could not speak. There can be no single correct way to break this sort of news; in retrospect, I think his light-touch approach was misjudged. At the time, I believed that I would be dead within a decade. Looking back, what I needed was information, a support line, and someone to dispel the grief that was drowning me. At the very least, an info leaflet to tell me that I was not at death’s door. The student-health clinic offered none of these. I left the consultation room consumed by denial but also confounded by a set of newly discovered contradictions.

Click on the link to read more

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/features/world-aids-day-2014-this-is-what-hiv-looks-like-9894256.html

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