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Urgent Question: Contaminated Blood Scandal

The contaminated blood scandal, which took place in the NHS during the 1970s and early 1980s, has destroyed lives across the country and Delyn is no exception to that. I helped to create the All Party Parliamentary Group for Contaminated Blood – under the leadership of my colleague Diana Johnson MP – to ensure that those affected had a voice in parliament and to press the Government to go further than they otherwise would have done.

Before Christmas it was announced that an inquiry would be launched, finally giving the individuals and their families some form of justice and closure. But there have been worrying signs over the direction this inquiry is taking so today the All Party Group requested an Urgent Question on the Government’s plans.

I wanted assurances from the minister that the judge appointed to the inquiry would be full time and I also asked when this process of selection will be complete. Disappointingly the minister stated that she was unable to answer my question and will write to me in the future. Those who have been impacted by this scandal, and I, would have hoped for the Government to know basic questions like this. I will continue to press until clarity of position is made.