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(en) Workers solidarity, 72 Sep. 2002 - Lindsay Tribunal : The Cuts That Killed

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Wed, 25 Sep 2002 11:21:04 -0400 (EDT)

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The Lindsay Tribunal has finished its work. It found
nobody in particular was responsible for 79 deaths. It was
as though the mothers needing anti-D injections,
haemophiliacs, and patients receiving transfusions just
don't matter.

Contaminated blood products infected at least 104 people with
AIDS, at least 217 with Hepatitis C, and 69 people with both.
So far 79 haemophiliacs have died.

This happened during the last round of Fianna Fail health cuts.
A deliberate decision was made that it was acceptable to risk
killing patients in order to save a few bob. Properly screened
blood products were more expensive. So, the BTSB didn't
recall products which they know to be potentially deadly, and
treated the victims with appalling callousness.

Professor Ian Temperley, Director of the National Haemophilia
Treatment Centre from 1971-1995 wrote to the Blood
Transfusion Supply Board: "The board should understand that
in the present period of financial stringency the hospitals could
not be expected to meet a doubling of the cost of concentrates
in 1989. Some balance will have to be struck between cost and
the infection dangers associated with blood products"

Judge Lindsay said she did not think it would be appropriate to
send a copy of her report to the Director of Public
Prosecutions. Of course if it had happened to patients in the
Mater Private or the Blackrock Clinic it might have been a
different story.

    This page is from the print version of the Irish Anarchist paper 'Workers
  Solidarity'.  http://struggle.ws/worksol.html

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