This blood scandal contamination which started in the 1970s and 1980s infected around 5,000 patients suffering from hemophilia and other blood-related disorders with hepatitis viruses and an additional 1,250 patients were also infected with HIV.
The scandal has caused the death of 3,000 patients in those years after Britain had scarcity from blood supplies and treatment for certain diseases. This followed an act to import blood from the US with no guarantee of eligibility. Blood donors mostly came from random people such as prison inmates who were carriers of these blood-transmitted infections. This failure has been more of profit than seeking healthcare standards.
According to reports, there are around 30,000 people who have been transfused with contaminated blood from these donors. Since then, these victims have been waiting for a response from the government’s negligence on this serious matter. This has been a life-and-death situation for most, but the government has delayed their responsibility regarding financial support.
Today, people left with this unlawful act will have to face the fear of death for their whole lifetime. They also have to live life and cope up with financial needs as their health is going down. Sir Brian Langstaff, the inquiry chairman, wrote to the Cabinet Office last week on how these victims have been fighting through their battles with HIV and hepatitis viruses. He said that these families are already living on the breadline to survive.
They have now written demand for immediate support to the health secretary which is said to be applied in the year 2020. By then, there will be 112 people infected with the disease expected to die and never get what they signed up for.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet Office might consider taking action on this issue as soon as possible, but there were no explicit statements made to the victims. Although they said that this inquiry would be a priority. This request by the victims has been supported by Tainted Blood seeking help from the government for financial support. These payments range from £5,000/year to more than £36,000 and should also include families of victims who have already passed away or even remarried. While support groups can only speak up for these families, it is the government’s decision that can make all these work.