A public inquiry into what has been called “the worst treatment scandal in the history of the NHS” is to start taking evidence on Tuesday 30th April 2019.
It is thought 4,800 people with haemophilia were infected with hepatitis C or HIV in the 1970s and 1980s. More than 2,000 are thought to have died. A lot more people may have been exposed through blood transfusions after an operation or childbirth. One victim’s widow says she wants “justice” and people held to account.
A public inquiry into the scandal was first announced in July 2017.
Since then, campaign groups estimate that more than 150 infected haemophiliacs have died.
The inquiry will consider evidence from approximately 2,500 people, most of whom were infected with, or affected by, contaminated blood products such as Factor VIII or IX.
Victims and relatives want to know why warnings about the safety of the medicine may have been ignored, why plans to make the UK self-sufficient in blood products were scrapped, and why many documents and patient records appear to have been lost or destroyed.
The inquiry, led by retired judge Sir Brian Langstaff, could last for more than two years.
Ahead of the public hearings, the government announced more financial support for people in England affected by the tragedy, to a total of £75m from £46m.
Prime Minister Theresa May said: “The contaminated blood scandal was a tragedy that should never have happened and has caused unimaginable pain and hurt for victims and their families for decades.
“I know this will be a difficult time for victims and their families – but today will begin a journey which will be dedicated to getting to the truth of what happened and in delivering justice to everyone involved.”
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