Infected Blood Open Letter

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Diana at infected blood scandal protest
Mon, 01/15/2024 - 14:21

In just 24 hours, over 100 Parliamentarians signed an open letter calling for the Government to show the same urgency on infected blood compensation as they now have on the sub-postmasters scandal. Our letter reads:


Government compensation for state error.

We are delighted that the revelation of the circumstances of innocent sub-postmasters caught up in the post office Horizon scandal has resulted in a very quick set of decisions by the Government to acknowledge the pain and damage to lives of those directly affected, and that of their families. The move to speedy compensation in full is appropriate for such a significant state failure, the largest miscarriage of justice in UK history - covered up for so long. It has been life-changing for those involved.

We hope the same determination to compensate speedily, and in full, will now be applied to others who have also waited too long for rectification of another major state failure: namely the victims of the NHS Contaminated Blood Scandal. Some 30,000 were affected from tainted medical treatment in the 1970s and 1980s, of whom over 3,000 have lost their lives. Their stories of grief, lives destroyed and of fighting State obfuscation, secrecy and concealment, have also been recounted in a lengthy public inquiry over the past five years. We await the final report due in March, but the inquiry already produced its final recommendations on compensation in April 2023, calling for them to be enacted quickly.

However, in contrast to what we have seen this week, the Government last December opposed implementing these final recommendation on setting up an Independent Commission to oversee quick compensation. Ministers’ most recent statement said that they are still "working through the implications" of the amendment that was passed, and that a final decision on compensation must consider both the victims of the scandal and “the costs to the public sector”.

We trust the change in direction towards those affected by gross national injustices will be reflected positively towards those infected and affected by what is commonly regarded as the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. They deserve no less.

Signed by:

 

Rt Hon Alistair Burt

Rt Hon Dame Diana Johnson MP

Sir Peter Bottomley MP

Rt Hon Lord David Owen CH MP

Rt Hon Harriet Harman MP

Alison Thewliss MP

Daisy Cooper MP

Jim Shannon MP

Hywel Williams MP

Kenny MacAskill MP

Colum Eastwood MP

Caroline Lucas MP

Stephen Farry MP

Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP

Rt Hon Ian Blackford MP

Rt Hon Sir David Davis MP

Martin Vickers MP

Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP

Tim Loughton MP

Rt Hon Damian Green MP

Rt Hon Sir Robert Buckland MP

Dr Philippa Whitford MP

Rt Hon Sir Stephen Timms MP

Rt Hon Baroness Lynne Featherstone MP

Baroness Molly Meacher MP

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP

Wendy Chamberlain MP

Rt Hon John McDonnell MP

Dame Meg Hillier MP

Jess Phillips MP

Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP

Richard Burgon MP

Rt Hon Diane Abbott MP

Claire Hanna MP

Wera Hobhouse MP

Ian Lavery MP

Nadia Whittome MP

Christine Jardine MP

Sir Tony Lloyd MP

Sir Mark Hendrick MP

Zarah Sultana MP

Jonathan Djanogly MP

Stella Creasy MP

Cat Smith MP

Chris Stephens MP

Patricia Gibson MP

Yasmin Qureshi MP

Paula Barker MP

Angus MacNeil MP

Carolyn Harris MP

Anne McLaughlin MP

Rt Hon Chloe Smith MP

Anne Marie Morris MP

Charlotte Nichols MP

Stewart McDonald MP

Andy Slaughter MP

Marie Rimmer MP

Dan Carden MP

Kate Osamor MP

Marion Fellows MP

Graham Stringer MP

Bell Ribeiro-Addy MP

Clive Lewis MP

Emma Lewell-Buck MP

Allan Dorans MP

Deidre Brock MP

Kim Johnson MP

Rachael Maskell MP

Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw MP

Clive Betts MP

Martyn Day MP

Mohammad Yasin MP

Alan Brown MP

Paul Blomfield MP

Douglas Chapman MP

Derek Twigg MP

Christina Rees MP

Debbie Abrahams MP

Kirsten Oswald MP

Rosie Duffield MP

Nick Brown MP

Sarah Owen MP

Clive Efford MP

Peter Grant MP

Rt Hom Liam Byrne MP

Sharon Hodgson MP

Kate Hollern MP

Dr Rupa Huq MP

Marsha De Cordova MP

Kate Osborne MP

Alex Sobel MP

Rt Hon Valerie Vaz MP

Dame Siobhain McDonagh MP

Barry Sheerman MP

Paulette Hamilton MP

Julie Elliot MP

Yvonne Fovargue MP

John Cryer MP

Ian Byrne MP

Rachel Hopkins MP

Ian Mearns MP

Peter Dowd MP

Hannah Bardell MP

Kevan Jones MP

Pete Wishart  MP

Steven Bonnar MP

Beth Winter MP

Sarah Champion MP

Mary Foy MP

Rt Hon John Spellar MP

Adam Holloway MP

Barry Gardiner MP