HC Deb 13 July 1995 vol 263 cc753-4W
Mr. Alton

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice has been given by the National Blood Authority, and by his Department, to doctors and hospitals which still have Tuta blood bags in their blood stocks; how many such bags have now been destroyed; what consultations the manufacturers of these bags had with the NBA before changing the design; what compensation is being sought from the manufacturers; and if he will make a statement. [33306]

Mr. Sackville

These matters for the National Blood Authority, which is urgently investigating the problems experienced with Tuta blood bags. I understand that on 4 July the National Blood Authority advised blood centres that all Tuta blood bags be withdrawn.

Mr. Spellar

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his answer of 6 July,Official Report, column 341, when he expects to announce the results of the investigation by the National Blood Authority into the problems with Tuta bags; and what estimate his Department has been given of the total cost of the exercise involved in replacing the blood stock lost through defective bags. [34305]

Mr. Sackville

I understand that the National Blood Authority's urgent investigation of these matters is continuing.

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