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8 months 2 weeks ago
‘Mr AW’  Today’s hearings began with an anonymous witness, ‘Mr AW’. Mr AW was diagnosed with leukaemia in December 1992, aged 18. As part of his treatment Mr AW received blood transfusions, before being declared free of leukaemia in April 1993. Ten years later, Mr AW received a letter from Luton & Dunstable Hospital asking him to attend the Haematology Department, where he was informed that he had hepatitis C. 
8 months 3 weeks ago
Jyrna Jyrna’s telling of her and her late husband’s experience of infected blood was brave, raw and extremely emotional. Sitting beside her late husband’s brother at the Inquiry hearings on Thursday, she narrated her story with incredible composure and earnestness, holding the full attention and sympathy of the packed Inquiry room.
8 months 3 weeks ago
Overall the hearings were sad and hard hitting, particularly when you see how being given infected blood has affected these people and how the ripple effects from the loss of those that have passed is still creating misery. It never ceases to amaze me to hear of the poor treatment of those infected.   Martin Martin described how his mum had to watch his dad die slowly and how she was his carer for many years. It was very emotive when he said “you don’t have to win to be a hero – my dad is my hero”  
8 months 3 weeks ago
Mr AR   He was a retired doctor with haemophilia and was infected with hepatitis C via Factor VIII. Discussion took place around his father (who was also a doctor) and how the practice of one unit of blood being given to women giving birth many years ago, may not have been essential.   He qualified in 1974 and went to Birmingham and worked there in 1975 and at that time they were only allowed to use cryoprecipitate for patients. When he later went to Queen Elizabeth Hospital he taught patients how to inject Factor VIII for themselves.  
9 months 2 days ago
HIV Scotland, Waverley Care, The Hepatitis C Trust, Terrence Higgins Trust Scotland, and the Hwupenyu Project have today written to all prospective parliamentary candidates (PPCs) in the upcoming general election, on December 12th, to ask them to back a new approach to drug policy. Using the hashtag #DrugReformNow, PPCs can pledge their support for the campaign by posting on social media confirming their support with a printable pledge.  
9 months 4 days ago
On the 18th October we attended the Infected Blood Inquiry hearings to listen to the testimony given. Tony His late father received Factor VIII products in 1977 in Wales for the first time and as a result became infected with HIV and hepatitis C. The first part of his testimony was about how he had to piece together his father’s medical records (or what was left of them) in order to understand what really happened to him.
9 months 5 days ago
The opportunity to free the world from a disease such as hepatitis C does not come around very often. As a country, we are in the rare position of being able to achieve this in the coming decade – but we need the Government to build on the momentum we have generated and make sure the impact of its promises are being felt on the ground.
9 months 1 week ago
The Welsh Assembly yesterday held a debate on hepatitis C, in which a cross-party group of Assembly Members highlighted the need for increased action to ensure Wales achieves its target of eliminating hepatitis C by 2030 at the latest.
9 months 1 week ago
On October 17th we heard evidence from people all in very different circumstances:the first a man who didn’t even need the infected blood he was given, but was given it anyway as the result of a misdiagnosis; another who was infected as a child in connection with his haemophilia and who then suffered a lifetime of health problems as a result, compounded with being discriminated against because he was gay; and also the heart breaking testimony of a recently bereaved widow, who had spent the majority of her marriage having to care for her husband who received blood as a result of havi
9 months 1 week ago
The House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee published its report into drugs policy in Scotland yesterday, finding a need for the UK Government to take “urgent and radical steps to halt Scotland’s drug crisis”.