Following Lord Owen & others’ campaign to lift the ban on using UK blood plasma for immunoglobulin manufacture, the Department of Health on 25 February 2021 made an announcement to that effect. Convalescent plasma is now being trialled in the UK for treating COVID-19. Positive results would mean immunoglobulins from UK-donated plasma could in future be used as immunoglobulins to treat coronavirus patients.
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STATEMENT ON THE GOVERNMENT’S PROPOSED NHS REFORMS
Monday 08 February 2021
“It may be that the social history of Britain will record that a lasting and substantive achievement of Brexit has been to return to the British people the NHS that was brought in by Aneurin Bevan and was very nearly destroyed by the Conservative/Liberal coalition supporting the outrageous and damaging Andrew Lansley legislation in 2012.
As always the devil …
22 September 2020
Lord Owen gives oral evidence to the Infected Blood Inquiry.
As Minister of Health from 1974-76,Lord Owen provided extra resources for the UK to become self-sufficient in blood products in order to avoid importing blood products, particularly from the US. The goal of self-sufficiency was also recommended by the World Health Organisation in 1975 “being aware of the higher risk of transmitting diseases when blood products have …
Latest update 20 October 2020 following receipt of positive news of a new treatment. Read the Minister’s letter here.
Regards safety of using UK plasma in fractionation vis-a-vis vCJD: a technical paper drawn from French experience is attached here. The ban on UK plasma is under review with an outcome expected late autumn.
Updated 16 July 2020 following PM’s agreement to hold an independent Covid-19 inquiry.
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In his 2014 book ‘The Health of the Nation: The NHS In Peril,’ Lord Owen explains why the fatally flawed structural changes made by both Labour and Conservative governments over the last 20 years before Covid-19 meant the NHS was very nearly unable to cope.
This book is now available free.
Download the PDF here: The NHS in Peril
“As we all settle into isolation for, I hope, only a few more weeks, I have been sorting out papers from the past and I thought it worth posting one or two on my website for a few people to read.
“The article ‘Labour’s Love’s Lost’ was published in a journal called Queen on 2 October 1962.
“It appeared just after I had been chosen as the prospective Labour candidate …
“Cross-party government worked in wartime—but this is not a war. Those clamouring for coalition should remember that.”
LORD OWEN, WRITING IN ‘PROSPECT’, 4 APRIL 2020
A coalition government is not the answer
“I am opposed to a coalition government.
“Labour under Attlee opposed a coalition when the war started in 1939, believing the time was not right under Chamberlain, and no one knew how long what became known as the …
Read Lord Owen’s interview here: Guardianarticle21.3.19