asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will state the date when his Department gave instructions that all Factor VIII blood products should be heat treated.
[pursuant to his reply, 23 March 1987, c. 82]: Manufacturers of Factor VIII initially developed heat treatment techniques to prevent the transmission of hepatitis. These techniques were found to inactivate HIV during 1984 and heat-treated Factor VIII was available for clinicians in the United Kingdom to prescribe on a named patient basis from the end of 1984.All imported Factor VIII released for use in the United Kingdom since January 1985 has been heat-treated. From April 1985 heat-treated Factor VIII has also been produced by the blood products laboratory at Elstree.
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is yet in a position to answer the question from the hon. Member for Birkenhead, 23 March, Official Report, column 82, concerning heat treatment of blood products, to which a holding answer was given.
I replied to the hon. Member today.
|NHS directly employed staff: 30 September 1982|
|Numbers and Whole-time Equivalents1|
|Region||Medical2 and Dental||Nursing3 and Midwifery||Administrative and Clerical||Ancillary||Others4||Total|
|Whole time equivalents||2,700||26,400||6,100||11,400||7,500||54,000|