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Pledging support for Thalidomide victims

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Heeley MP Meg Munn recently met constituent Craig Mirfin to follow up her January meeting with the Thalidomide Trust. As a sufferer from the affects of Thalidomide he wanted to discuss with Meg the Thalidomide Trust’s campaign for a government contribution to the Trust to assist people with thalidomide to deal with the developing challenges of their disabilities. Meg assured Craig that she had already pledged her support to the campaign. There are just over 450 surviving victims with varying degrees of disability.


Meg said:


‘Many thalidomide victims are now finding that the problems of their disabilities are getting worse with age. This has a knock-on effect with their quality of life and employment opportunities. The costs of adapted vehicles, motorised wheelchairs are often beyond their reach.


The Thalidomide Trust has secured further financial contributions from the successor company of the drug  manufacturer,  but I think the government should also provide funds as there  was a serious failure of the regulatory mechanism for drug approvals at the time, which allowed the drug to be sold.’


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Meg with Craig Mirfin.

Meg with Craig Mirfin.

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