An SIBF member made a comment recently which drew a stark comparison of recent UK events and allegations with the contaminated blood disaster, one involving up to 30 people, the other involving over an estimated 30,000 (1).
It is brief, succinct and to the point:
“Great to read and listen to Boris Johnson and Teresa May condemning Russia for poisoning a couple of Russians.
Getting really worked up over this – what about your own?
Condemn the (past) British government(s) for poisoning us with contaminated blood”
For those readers and observers who feel phrases like ‘state poisoning’ are not productive or forward thinking or do not allow people to just ‘move-on’, the majority of living SIBF members or bereaved family members cannot be productive or forward thinking or move-on until justice has been delivered, and seen to be delivered, and their financial needs are met in a full and fair manner. This is not old news to them, they are living with it day-by-day, hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute. They are to be commended for their resolve. But they don’t want a pat on the shoulder. They just want to be treated fairly. They, particularly the chronically infected and affected, need financial assistance in the most practical of terms.