Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne has welcomed the government’s announcement of a full public inquiry relating to the Contaminated Blood scandal.
The announcement was made today (11 July), and will look into the contaminated blood scandal that has left at least 2,400 people dead, the prime minister confirmed today in the House of Commons.
During the 1970s and 1980s thousands of NHS patients’ received blood products from abroad which turned out to be infected with hepatitis C and HIV.
Whilst Gwynne was a Shadow Public Health Minister (2011-2016), he supported the Contaminated Blood Campaign which was set up to fight for justice for all patients infected with life-threatening viruses through this scandal.
Diana Johnson MP (Labour, Hull North), and Andy Burnham (Mayor of Greater Manchester, and former Labour MP for Leigh) have consistently championed this campaign in the House of Commons in recent years.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“I’m delighted that after so many years of hard work and campaigning that the government has finally caved in and announced a full public inquiry into this scandal.
“As a local MP I’ve had constituents raise their concerns with me, with many of them having been personally affected by this awful tragedy.
“All those affected deserve answers.”