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HIV Infection: Blood

Volume 487: debated on Thursday 5 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the answer of 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 962W, on blood: contamination, and with reference to the answer of 25 June 2008, Official Report, columns 362-3W, on HIV infection: blood, what analysis his Department has made of the reasons for the rate of reported deaths of haemophiliacs who contracted HIV as a result of taking contaminated blood products under the NHS between 2007. [251167]

The Department has not made any analysis of the reasons for the rate of reported deaths of haemophiliacs who contracted HIV as a result of contaminated blood products between 2007 and January 2009.

The figures reported in the answer given on 25 June 2008, Official Report, columns 362-3W (399 haemophiliacs alive in 2007) came from the United Kingdom haemophilia centre doctors’ organisation (UKHCDO). The figures reported in the answer given on 15 January 2009, Official Report, column 962W (345 haemophiliacs alive at the end of 2008), came from the MacFarlane Trust. Neither source can be sure their information is complete and accurate. UKHCDO acknowledge that their figures are likely to be an overestimate, while not all patients will have registered with the MacFarlane Trust.

These figures do not mean that over 40 patients died during the period in question, because the organisations source their data in different ways.

The UKHCDO and the MacFarlane Trust are aware of these discrepancies, and both organisations have agreed to work together in order to try to harmonise relevant data while maintaining strict confidentiality.