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Call for contaminated blood action

The APPG on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood has written the Prime Minister to ensure that the Government sticks to its commitment to deal with problems with the contaminated blood support schemes before the infected blood inquiry begins. With the inquiry beginning its hearings tomorrow on the 30 April this deadline is rapidly approaching and so the APPG are eager to see a response.

The Haemophilia Society alongside others representing people affected by contaminated blood and blood products met with government ministers and representatives from the Welsh and Northern Irish governments in January this year.

At the meeting they discussed difficulties accessing support, that the current schemes do not sufficiently support people and they heard about continuing inequalities in the support provided to people in different parts of the UK.

After hearing from campaigners Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price and Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington promised to take action.

The APPG is a cross party group of over 100 MPs and Peers that has long campaigned for fair and just support for people affected by contaminated blood and blood products and for parity across the UK.

Jess Milton