St Neots man’s shock at contaminated blood inquiry result

Tony's dad Barry Farrugia, who died after contracting deadly infections Hepatitis B and C, plus HIV,

Tony's dad Barry Farrugia, who died after contracting deadly infections Hepatitis B and C, plus HIV, as a result of contaminated blood. - Credit: Archant

A St Neots man has said he is shocked at the outcome of an inquiry into a contaminated blood scandal which led to the deaths of three members of his family, including his father.

Tony Farrugia, 43, of Howitts Gardens, Eynesbury, laid a wreath at the Department of Health building in London alongside other campaigners on when The Penrose Inquiry announced its findings on Wednesday.

It concluded that little could have been done differently to prevent the infection of patients with diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV during NHS treatment. A single recommendation was made that anyone in Scotland who had a blood transfusion before 1991 should be tested for Hepatitis C if they have not been already.

It dealt with the use of blood and blood products in Scotland specifically, but Mr Farrugia hoped that it would have wider implications for compensation for victims and their families - and that more blame would be accepted - particularly as the blood was given to patients before the NHS in Scotland was separated from England.

David Cameron made an apology on behalf of the Government at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons and confirmed that the government would provide up to £25m in 2015/16 to support any transitional arrangement to a better payment system.

Mr Farrugia, whose father, Barry, pictured, died after receiving contaminated blood, said that the Government should ensure there is full payment.

He added: “It is pretty much a whitewash. It was pretty shocking to say they couldn’t have implemented any changes any sooner and stopped it.

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“At the moment we are in limbo until the general election on May 7 - we don’t know who is going to be elected.

“The campaign carries on with as much vigour as it had before. We are grateful for the apology but there needs to be some action behind the words.”