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Old 01-24-2002, 10:17 AM   #1
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Inquiry Demanded Into Air Travel/Thrombosis Link

A United Kingdom group is to protest outside Parliament today as part of a campaign for a public inquiry into the link between air travel and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

The candlelit vigil is being organized by the Victims of Air Related DVT Association (Varda) in memory of those who have died from the illness. The event comes a day before a private member's bill is due to be debated in the House of Commons.

DVT became known as 'economy-class syndrome' because of the suspected links between blood clots and cramped conditions. It is estimated to afflict one in 2,000 people each year.

Varda president Linda Jones, whose 68-year-old father Thomas Lamb died after a long-haul flight to Australia, says they will also be pressing for airlines to improve their health and safety measures.

"We want to put pressure on the Government to hold a public inquiry into DVT and the link with long and short-haul flights and we want to put pressure on the airlines to consider the health of passengers," Jones said, "As it stands, the law protects the airlines when it should protect air travelers and we want that to change. We don't want to discourage people from flying but we want people to know how to fly safely."

In November Labour MP John Smith raised the issue of "growing public concern" over deep vein thrombosis and travel on long-haul flights in Parliament. At the time Prime Minister Tony Blair said UK long-haul airlines had taken measures to deal with the issue and the Government did not intend to hold an inquiry.

In a separate development, a tourist who feared he had contracted DVT after a flight has won compensation from his tour operator.

http://news.airwise.com/stories/2002/01/1011875761.html
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Inquiry Demanded Into Air Travel/Thrombosis Link

A United Kingdom group is to protest outside Parliament today as part of a campaign for a public inquiry into the link between air travel and deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

The candlelit vigil is being organized by the Victims of Air Related DVT Association (Varda) in memory of those who have died from the illness. The event comes a day before a private member's bill is due to be debated in the House of Commons.

DVT became known as 'economy-class syndrome' because of the suspected links between blood clots and cramped conditions. It is estimated to afflict one in 2,000 people each year.

Varda president Linda Jones, whose 68-year-old father Thomas Lamb died after a long-haul flight to Australia, says they will also be pressing for airlines to improve their health and safety measures.

"We want to put pressure on the Government to hold a public inquiry into DVT and the link with long and short-haul flights and we want to put pressure on the airlines to consider the health of passengers," Jones said, "As it stands, the law protects the airlines when it should protect air travelers and we want that to change. We don't want to discourage people from flying but we want people to know how to fly safely."

In November Labour MP John Smith raised the issue of "growing public concern" over deep vein thrombosis and travel on long-haul flights in Parliament. At the time Prime Minister Tony Blair said UK long-haul airlines had taken measures to deal with the issue and the Government did not intend to hold an inquiry.

In a separate development, a tourist who feared he had contracted DVT after a flight has won compensation from his tour operator.

http://news.airwise.com/stories/2002/01/1011875761.html
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