29 December 2009
Thalidomide compensation campaigner receives praise
A man who helped in the battle for victims of thalidomide to receive more compensation has been praised.
Gary Skyner, who himself has disabilities as a result of the drug, went on hunger strike to help persuade the government to give higher sums of money to sufferers.
Responding to the government's move to pay an additional grant of £20 million over a period of three years to the Thalidomide Trust, Liverpool MP Louise Ellman said Mr Skyner played a significant role, the Liverpool Echo reports.
She remarked: "I think [Mr Skyner] has played a very important part in this. His hunger strike drew attention to the determination of the campaigners."
Victims of the morning sickness drug thalidomide - which was marketed in Britain from April 1958 until December 1961 - generally have two or four limbs missing.
At present, the Thalidomide Trust is helping 466 people who were born with such problems.
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