‘Blood contamination settlement long overdue’ – Ritchie

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Monday, January 11th, 2016
SDLP MP for South Down Margaret Ritchie has reiterated her call for the Secretary of State for Health and his Ministers to reach a settlement with victims of contaminated blood products. ritchie2Speaking to Newry Times, Ritchie said, “In December, Minister Jane Ellison announced a further delay to the publication of the consultation on compensation for the victims of contaminated blood products, despite earlier assuring me that it would take place before the end of 2015. “Victims of contaminated blood products, including my own constituent, Brian Carberry, and their families have been let down repeatedly by successive Health Departments. This is a deeply disappointing, frustrating and distressing situation for them. “They have been campaigning for a full and final compensation for a number of years and this news will leave them feeling let down by the Minister and the Government. She added, “These victims must be given full compensation and access to the necessary medical treatment that they so desperately need. Following the Minister’s answer to my written question on this matter, I am reiterating my call that Minister Ellison and the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, work to give victims the justice they deserve.”
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