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Paisley urges PM to help victims of blood scandal

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley
North Antrim MP Ian Paisley

By Staff Reporter

North Antrim MP Ian Paisley yesterday delivered a letter to Downing Street urging Theresa May to address the needs of contaminated blood victims.

The infected blood scandal has been described as the worst tragedy to ever hit the NHS.

Across the UK, at least 2,400 people died as a result of being treated with infected blood products during blood transfusions and other treatments, and around 5,000 people were infected with HIV and hepatitis C.

A significant percentage came from Northern Ireland.

The DUP MP said: "Local victims who live in my constituency and who have required liver transplants, who have suffered many life-threatening problems and who see their life expectancy decreased, want to see action. A number of them visited my office last week to inform me of their needs and ask how the government nationally could level the playing field for them.

"I am asking the Prime Minister to consider taking action and ensuring she leaves a legacy in place for all these victims before she leaves office in July."

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