Editor’s comment: Many to blame for blood scandal

PUBLISHED: 12:00 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:01 10 October 2018

Barry Farrugia died after contracting HIV from contaminated NHS blood products. Picture: FARRUGIA FAMILY

Barry Farrugia died after contracting HIV from contaminated NHS blood products. Picture: FARRUGIA FAMILY


Losing a parent at any age is heartbreaking, but I really can’t image the devastation caused when you lose your mother or father at a young age.

Tony Farrugia was just 14 when he lost his father Barry who was just 37.

His grieve could only have been compounded by the fact that his father’s death was caused by the contaminated blood scandal in the UK that should never had happened in the first place.

To make an unbearable situation even worse Tony was placed in care as his father was a single dad. His entire life was turned upside down in one swoop.

Let’s not forget Tony also lost his uncles Vincent and David in the scandal too.

Last month the government finally apologised for the scandal which is claimed to have cost thousands of lives.

But I believe someone must be held accountable for his scandal.

Someone out there made the decision to buy blood products from the US and I have no doubt in my mind this decision was made for financial reasons.

It beggars belief that the company that supplied the products was not put under greater scrutiny.

This company was paying ‘high-risk’ people to donate blood because it was cheaper.

So by using prisoners who lets face it won’t have the same outgoings as others, it kept the cost as low as possible.

And then to not even screen the blood infections is unbelievable.

So I agree with Tony that not only the government should be held to account but so should the pharmaceutical companies.

I believe they all have blood on their hands.

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