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Family of killer blood scandal brothers protest over forgotten deaths

16:51 12 April 2016

Tony Farruigia, whose dad Barry died of HIV as a result of having been given contaminated blood by the NHS, paints himself blood red in a striking image from the Westminster protests

Tony Farruigia, whose dad Barry died of HIV as a result of having been given contaminated blood by the NHS, paints himself blood red in a striking image from the Westminster protests

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Relatives of people affected by one of the biggest treatment disasters in the history of the NHS were among those protesting outside Parliament today.

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From left: Vincent Farrugia, Angela Farrugia, Madeleine Farrugia and Tony Farruigia who lost relatives to contaminated blood supplied by the NHSFrom left: Vincent Farrugia, Angela Farrugia, Madeleine Farrugia and Tony Farruigia who lost relatives to contaminated blood supplied by the NHS

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal took their campaign to Westminster to call on the government to halt a widely panned consultation into systems of support for those affected.

Tony Farrugia – whose dad Barry and two uncles, David and Victor, of Brooks Avenue in East Ham – died after being infected with contaminated blood, called for better support for families.

Angela Farrugia, wipes away a tear as she arrives at the blood scandal demonstration in WestminsterAngela Farrugia, wipes away a tear as she arrives at the blood scandal demonstration in Westminster

“I want to see widows and dependent children included in any settlement the government comes up with,” said the 44-year-old.

“At the moment they’re saying a widow will get three times the payment her husband received when he died.

Barry Farrugia died after contracting HIV from contaminated NHS blood products, pictured here with one of his sonsBarry Farrugia died after contracting HIV from contaminated NHS blood products, pictured here with one of his sons

“My dad died before the scheme was set up so he got nothing. You can’t give someone three times nothing.”

The scandal saw some 6,000 people, many with the haemophilia, infected with HIV and hepatitis C by contaminated blood used by the NHS up until 1991.

Victor Farrugia, of Brooks Avenue, East Ham, died from HIV after his blood was contaminated by NHS suppliesVictor Farrugia, of Brooks Avenue, East Ham, died from HIV after his blood was contaminated by NHS supplies

Despite three decades of campaigning and more than 2,000 deaths there has been no public enquiry into how the disaster happened and no proper system of compensation for the victims.

Madeleine Farrugia, whose husband David died four years ago, called on the government to admit what happened.

“When I think of all the pain and suffering my husband went through and how he died in my arms, I don’t know what he would feel if he was here today,” said the 72-year-old.

“Why can’t they admit what they’ve done and put closure on it?”

MPs were due to move a motion asking the government to recognise the contaminated blood scandal as one of the biggest treatment disasters in NHS history.

It will call for the government to recognise that proposed reforms will leave some worse off and ignore key groups affected by the scandal, such as widows and children of the dead.

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