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Blood Products

Volume 114: debated on Tuesday 7 April 1987

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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
RegionMedical2 and DentalNursing3 and MidwiferyAdministrative and ClericalAncillaryOthers4Total
1.Northern RHA
Whole time equivalents2,70026,4006,10011,4007,50054,000