Observing the 1980s
Lewis, Haydn (Part 12 of 12)
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Interviewee's home, Cardiff
Lewis, Haydn, (speaker, male)
Edwards, Sian, (speaker, female)
Part 12: Feelings towards interferon treatment not working. Reaction of hospitals and dentists regarding the Hepatitis C and CJD. Attitude towards CJD. Attitude towards euthanasia. Close friend died of cancer one year ago. Son Stephen in relationship with the daughter of close friend. Most significant relationships; wife and two sons, brother and sister. Influence and inspiration gained from close friend who recently died. Reflections on life and vision of the future. Thoughts on successful marriage. Final thoughts and reflections about undertaking the recording. Desire for a public enquiry to know if HIV transmission was avoidable. Reasons for being involved in life history project based on wanting patients perspective and opinion to be heard. Discusses the political history of different government reactions towards blood product safety. Callahan as prime minister with health minister David Owen and then David Ennals. Attitude towards Margaret Thatcher announcing payments made on compassionate grounds. Discusses John Reed's recent announcement of ex-gratia payment to be made for those with Hepatitis C, compares with payments in Ireland.
Interviewed for the Haemophilia and HIV Life History Project