McCallion welcomes removal of Blood Contamination Inquiry from hands of British Health Department
Sinn Féin MP for Foyle Elisha McCallion has today welcomed the removal of the inquiry into the Blood Contamination scandal from the Department of Health in Britain.
Speaking earlier Ms McCallion said:
“I welcome that today the British Government have removed the inquiry into the Blood Contamination scandal from the Department of Health in Britain.
"It is unacceptable that a branch of the British government clearly implicated in causing this scandal would be allowed to investigate what it did wrong.
"At least 2,400 people have died in the north of Ireland and in Britain from health complications resulting from contaminated blood given to those with existing blood-related illnesses.
“I have spoken to many constituents affected by this fatal scandal, including many who’ve lost friends, family and loved ones through contamination. They too will welcome this decision in their campaign for justice.
“This is a major public health scandal and the British Government must now ensure the inquiry has the necessary scope and powers to deliver justice for survivors."