Beaware lost her son because of the government incompetence and corporate greed that allowed the sale of infected meat. You lot are so rude. I would love to read it but can't, I don't want to purchase a sub to the telegraph.
Good grief, I had no idea Beware had lost her son. How terrible.
The statement from the Dept of Health in the Telegraph story does look horribly complacent. It takes 15-20 years to incubate FFS of course we need to do everything we can to screen blood supplies! It would be an appalling tragedy if the current government caused another wave of suffering and terrible deaths by repeating the complacency of the last Tory govt.
So, if I am reading this right, they already have a blood test and they could already test potential donors even if they don't screen all the blood. If they are taking blood, can they not take a blood test on the people that donate?
matilda, seriously, you think you know better than the Royal College of Physicians? CJD is caused by eating meat contaminated with BSE. That is a fact. It is also a fact that there have been remarkably few cases, thank heavens, despite widespread exposure - each case is a tragedy, but there are not as many as you might expect. We've been lucky. However, we may not continue to be lucky. It is possible that receiving contaminated blood, rather than eating contaminated food, may be a more efficient way of transmitting CJD, for instance.
The Dept of Health is being appallingly complacent by assuming we can just cross our fingers and hope there aren't too many blood donors carrying CJD.
Really wish I hadn't read this now! I had a blood transfusion 4 years ago when I had my son and I'm now worried sick as I've always had depression and anxiety anyway, but have recently started to get extra moody and paranoid, tired and sometimes feel dizzy!
I realise this is probably down to lack of sleep or being busy but.......... So paranoid now!!!