Dagenham wife given just weeks to live as husband hits out over NHS blood cash delay
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The husband of a woman infected with a killer virus from NHS blood has hit out at the government over delays to compensation to help those affected – as his wife has been given just weeks to live.
Stan and Brenda Buzer, of Kingsley Close, Dagenham, had hoped to take one last holiday to the seaside.
But the family have been told the hepatitis C (hep C) virus Brenda, 81, contracted from a blood transfusion will soon end her life.
It comes as the government announced a delay in spending £25million to help those affected until after the autumn spending review.
Retired HGV lorry driver and jazz musician Stan, 82, said: “The only thing that I’m really angry about is that Brenda won’t get a few quid to sort her out.
“If this was a tax cut for millionaires the government would have done this yesterday, but for poor sods like Brenda, and other people in worse situations, they just push it all to one side and hope everyone will be gone before they have to pay out.
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“A little bit of money to take Brenda away for one last holiday to the seaside, that would have been absolutely lovely.
“It didn’t happen and it just makes me feel angry.”
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In March Prime Minister David Cameron pledged £25m to ease transition to a reformed system of support for the thousands of people infected with HIV and hep C by the NHS before 1991.
But the Department of Health has delayed its release saying “this is an extremely complex and sensitive area and any reform plans must be carefully considered”.
Brenda’s case highlights the reason campaigners are calling for more speed from the government – as they fear some of the affected do not have time on their side.
Angela Farrugia, who lost three brothers to HIV and hep C from NHS blood products, said: “I do think it’s cruel to delay it anymore. There are people that have got months to live and they’re not going to die peacefully knowing their family will be looked after.”
Her brother Barry, of Whitebarn Lane, Dagenham, suffered a horrific death from Aids in 1986, aged just 37.
The Post’s special report last month highlighted the story of Brenda and other local victims who were infected by hep C and HIV from blood and blood products used by the NHS before 1991 - and how they and their families continue to be let down by the government many decades on.
Of the 7,000 people given tainted blood products only an estimated 6,000 know it. Some 2,000 have died.