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Blood products inquiry.



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M E D I A R E L E A S E

Stephen Smith MP Member for Perth Shadow Minister for Health and Ageing

53/2002 Thursday 8 August 2002

BLOOD PRODUCTS INQUIRY

I welcome the appointment of Professor Bruce Barraclough to investigate claims that plasma potentially contaminated with Hepatitis C was used in the manufacture of blood products.

It is appropriate that the preliminary advice prepared by the Health Department be referred to an independent expert for detailed consideration, and that Professor Barraclough will consult with the Red Cross Blood Service, CSL Limited and relevant state and territory health departments in preparing his report.

We assume that Professor Barraclough will also consult with relevant consumer health groups.

It is important that Australians continue to enjoy confidence in the system of blood supply on which many people depend at some stage of their lives.

We look forward to the release and public consideration of the report before the end of the year.

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