The ‘reasonable citizen’ — Sergei Skripal – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In Secretary of State for the Home Department v Sergei Skripal [2018] EWCOP 6, Mr Justice Williams made a best interests decision that blood samples could be taken by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons from Sergei and Yulia Skirpal in order that the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OCPW) could undertake their own analysis to find evidence of possible nerve agents. Both Sergei and Yulia were and remain unconscious and in a critical condition, and were unable to consent to such blood samples being taken.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 26th March 2018

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Law Pod UK Ep.17: Prospects for the Tainted Blood Inquiry – 1 COR

Posted November 28th, 2017 in blood products, HIV, inquiries, news by sally

‘Theresa May has announced a statutory inquiry into how contaminated blood transfusions infected thousands of people with hepatitis C and HIV. Rosalind English talks to Jim Duffy about how it will differ from earlier investigations.’

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Law Pod UK, 27th November 2017

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Inquiries into historical events have a troubled past: will history repeat itself?- UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 13th, 2017 in blood products, health, inquests, inquiries, legal history, news by tracey

‘The announcement of a statutory inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal may be a major step towards uncovering the truth for those affected. But an inquiry into historical events has its own unique challenges and potential pitfalls. Before it even commences, can the Government ensure the inquiry retains the confidence of victims, families and the public?’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 10th November 2017

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Contaminated blood scandal: Victims win right to seek damages after thousands infected in 1970s and 80s – The Independent

‘Victims of the contaminated blood scandal in the 1970s and 80s have won the right to launch a High Court action for damages.’

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The Independent, 26th September 2017

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Gay men to be allowed to give blood three months after sex – The Guardian

‘Blood donation restrictions for gay men and sex workers are to be relaxed in England and Scotland under a series of equalities reforms announced by the government. Gay men will be allowed to donate blood three months after sexual intercourse instead of a year. Sex workers, who were previously banned from donating, will be subject to the same three-month rule.’

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The Guardian, 23rd July 2017

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Contaminated blood inquiry runs into trouble as victims boycott consultation – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2017 in blood products, government departments, HIV, inquiries, news, victims by tracey

‘Officials forced to rethink plans as all key campaign groups refuse to attend meeting due to involvement of Department of Health.’

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The Guardian, 21st july 2017

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Contaminated blood scandal: Theresa May orders inquiry – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2017 in blood products, health, inquiries, news by sally

‘The government is to hold a full inquiry into how thousands of people were infected with hepatitis C and HIV following blood transfusions in the 1970s and 1980s, Downing Street has announced.’

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The Guardian, 11th July 2017

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Tainted blood scandal victim’s son to sue amid cover-up allegations – The Independent

‘A family member of a victim of the “biggest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS” plans to launch a landmark legal case amid allegations of a Government cover-up.’

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The Independent, 10th May 2017

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‘Blood contamination tore my family apart’ – BBC News

Posted April 11th, 2017 in blood products, health, HIV, inquiries, medical treatment, news by sally

‘Thousands of people with haemophilia were infected with HIV and hepatitis as a result of NHS treatments in the 1970s and 80s. But their families are still seeking a public inquiry into the scandal.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2017

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NHS tainted blood scandal: scheme to compensate victims to be scaled back – The Guardian

Posted March 7th, 2017 in blood products, compensation, consultations, costs, health, news, victims by tracey

‘Government proposals aim to cut costs as ministers believe more people will develop serious health issues, pushing programme over budget.’

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The Guardian, 7th March 2017

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Children: Private Law Update (February 2017) – Family Law Week

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 28th February 2017

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Government faces judicial review challenge over contaminated blood payments – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 20th, 2017 in blood products, damages, health, HIV, judicial review, news by sally

‘The Government is being taken to judicial review over alleged discrimination in its payment scheme for people living with HIV and the Hepatitis C virus.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2017

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Nurse spared jail over fatal blood transfusion blunder – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 10th, 2017 in blood products, homicide, news, nurses, sentencing, suspended sentences by tracey

‘A blundering nurse whose patient died after she gave him the wrong type of blood has been spared jail.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th February 2017

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NHS patients infected with contaminated blood to get extra payments – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2016 in blood products, compensation, news by tracey

‘Thousands of people with haemophilia and others infected during surgery and childbirth in England are to get increased ex-gratia payments for being infected with the hepatitis C virus (Hep C) and/or HIV during the NHS contaminated blood scandal more than 30 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2016

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Government to review 12-month deferral period for gay men donating blood – BBC News

Posted June 15th, 2016 in blood products, HIV, homosexuality, news by sally

‘On World Blood Donor Day, the government says it’s going to review a law which means that gay men can’t donate for 12 months after having sex.’

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BBC News, 14th June 2016

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NHS blood contamination victims hit out at ‘reforms’ which cost them up to £7,000 a year – The Independent

Posted March 21st, 2016 in blood products, compensation, consultations, health, HIV, medical treatment, news, victims by tracey

‘Victims of the worst contaminated blood scandal in the NHS’s history say they have been betrayed by the Government after plans were revealed to reduce their annual payouts. About 5,000 people – many of them haemophiliacs – who were infected with HIV, hepatitis C or both after receiving infected blood in the 1970s and 1980s, have been sent letters from the Department of Health asking for their views on “reforms” that will leave them up to £7,000 a year worse off.’

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The Independent, 21st March 2016

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Rules banning gay and bisexual men from giving blood to be reviewed – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2015 in blood products, HIV, homosexuality, news by sally

‘The government will conduct a review of the rules prohibiting gay and bisexual men from donating blood, the public health minister Jane Ellison has announced.’

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The Guardian, 26th November 2015

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Children: Private Law Update (January 2015) – Family Law Week

‘Alex Verdan QC, of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 28th January 2015

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Victims of contaminated NHS blood launch legal case – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2015 in blood products, compensation, disability discrimination, health, news, reports by sally

‘Three men who contracted hepatitis C from contaminated imported blood have begun a legal case in the UK to challenge the compensation scheme.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2015

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Judge orders blood transfusion for Jehovah’s Witness child – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 16th, 2014 in blood products, children, human rights, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘An NHS Trust v Child B and Mr and Mrs B [2014] EWHC 3486 (Fam) – I posted earlier this year a discussion of Ian McEwan’s pellucid and moving account of the difficulties encountered by judges when steering between the rock of parental faith and the hard place of children’s best interests (The Children Act, 2014). This judgment, although handed down four months ago, has just been published, and confirms that judges may be resolute, however politely, in the face of parents’ insistence that they know what is best for their children.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th December 2015

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