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Blood: Contamination

Volume 481: debated on Monday 27 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate he has made of the number of NHS patients who received infected blood products in each year since 1992. (229594)

Joint surveillance by NHS Blood and Transplant and the Health Protection Agency of transfusion transmitted infections began on 1 October 1995. Data are collated on transmission of viruses and bacteria. Since October 1995 the confirmed number of patients who have received infected blood products is 61. A further two infections were reported since October 1995 relating to transfusions that occurred in 1991. Complete data for the years between 1992 and 1995 are not available.

Patients receiving infected blood products

Number

1995

3

1996

6

1997

8

1998

5

1999

7

2000

9

2001

5

2002

3

2003

5

2004

1

2005

4

2006

2

2007

3