As a playwright I was first introduced to the contaminated blood scandal through writing Factor 9, based on the testimonies of haemophiliacs
Bruce Norval and Robert Mackie.
Doctors in the NHS knew that haemophiliacs
who were given the blood products had been infected with HIV and hepatitis C but they kept the illness from patients for years.
A few decades ago haemophiliacs
spent a lot of time in various hospitals having blood transfusions, rest and other treatments, even being sent away to special schools for education, Fielden Hospital near Todmorden in our case.
"This year, I have lost two friends - one a haemophiliac
and the other who received infected blood as a transfusion," he said.
Successive governments have offered settlements of up to pounds 60,000 to the haemophiliac
patients involved in the controversy, but have so far refused to admit any fault on their part for using the contaminated products.
The majority of haemophiliacs
who contracted HIV from contaminated blood products were already infected before doctors understood the disease, an inquiry heard yesterday.
Along with 50 other haemophiliacs
, he is considering legal action against the government and health authorities.
It is estimated 1,250 haemophiliacs
contracted HIV from infected blood products -and so far 800 have died.
A VITAL blood-clotting agent known as recombinant Factor 8 is now being RATIONED to haemophiliacs
in Ulster, we can reveal.
Heading up the campaign with them is Colette Wintle, 41, a Scots haemophiliac
who also contracted hepatitis C from Factor VIII.
The authors, brothers, one a physician and embryologist, the other a biologist and specialist in animal physiology, arrive at a startling conclusion guaranteed to make the headlines: either, one of Victoria's parents developed a spontaneous genetic mutation, or else she was the illegitimate child of a haemophiliac
Carol, from Newcastle, has spent more than two decades campaigning for justice after losing her haemophiliac
husband Peter Longstaff in 2005 to HIV and hepatitis C contracted from infected NHS blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.