Keep up the fight
Oct 15 2010 Huddersfield Daily Examiner
COLNE Valley MP Jason McCartney has fought hard to win compensation for the victims of the HIV contaminated blood scandal.
Even though he received a standing ovation in the House Of Commons for his impassioned speech that the victims should get the compensation they are owed, MPs ultimately voted against it.
This means patients who were given contaminated blood and contracted HIV in the 1970s will not be given more compensation despite the recommendations of an independent inquiry into the scandal.
Mr McCartney was brave to step out of line and did so in support of one of his constituents, a Lindley man who developed HIV, hepatitis C and CJD after being treated by the NHS with blood donated by American prisoners in the 1970s.
It seems the vote was defeated as part of the need to slash spending rather than a fair judgement on the need of the victims. Surely that cannot be right. The full scale of the cuts will be known next week, but surely decisions like this cannot be made because of the need to cut spending.
There will at least now be a review. Let’s hope that is wide-ranging, fair and the decision made on the needs of the victims, not on the need to cut spending.
But what can that add to what has already been an independent inquiry with recommendations?