Contaminated blood scandal inquiry announced


A UK-wide probe will be held into the contaminated blood scandal that sinistral at least 2,400 people dead, the prime minister has confirmed.

A spokesman for Theresa May said it want establish the causes of the «appalling injustice» that took place in the 1970s and 1980s.

Thousands of NHS patients were prearranged blood products from abroad that were infected with hepatitis C and HIV.

It’s been apostrophized the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.

Many of those affected and their offsprings believe they were not told of the risks involved and there was a cover-up.

Talk to to the BBC, Mrs May said: «They deserve answers, and the inquiry that I have asserted today will give them those answers, so they longing know why this happened, how it happened.

«This was an appalling tragedy and it should not in any way have happened.»

What is the contaminated blood scandal?

A recent ordered report found around 7,500 patients were infected by betokened blood products.

Many were patients with an inherited bleeding disturb called haemophilia.

They needed regular treatment with a clotting ingredient Factor VIII, which is made from donated blood.

The UK betokened supplies and some turned out to be infected. Much of the plasma used to make as if Factor VIII came from donors like prison lags in the US, who sold their blood.

Jason Evans was just four years old when his priest Jonathan, a haemophiliac, died after being infected with HIV throughout contaminated Factor VIII treatment.

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Jason recently discovered that in late 1984 his father had dredge up concerns with his doctors about Factor VIII but he says he was told «there was nothing to be distressed about, this is sensationalism and not to pay attention to it. And he trusted his doctor».

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What will the inquiry do?

Families of those who go to ones rewarded will be consulted about what form the inquiry should wolf.

It could be a public Hillsborough-style inquiry or a judge-led statutory inquiry, the prime parson confirmed.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the inquiry should deliver the potential to trigger prosecutions.

A Scottish government spokesperson said: «We were surely surprised that as the new inquiry is expected to extend to Scotland, the UK government did not be after to discuss this with us in advance of their announcement. We will be aspiring clarity as a matter of some urgency.

«People in England and Wales should get the unchanging opportunity to get answers as we have already given through the Penrose Research in Scotland.»

Sir Peter Bottomley, co-chairman of the cross-party parliamentary group on haemophilia and adulterate blood, said the success of the inquiry would depend on it being talented to get hold of sensitive information.

«It must have powers to get documents from pharmaceutical groups and government,» he said.

Why has it taken so long?

The government has been strongly criticised for trail behind its heels.

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Greater Manchester mayor and past health secretary Andy Burnham has repeatedly called for a Hillsborough-style go into into what happened.

Mr Burnham claimed in the Commons that a «depraved cover-up on an industrial scale» had taken place.

The Downing Street declaration came hours before the government faced possible defeat in a signify ones opinion on an emergency motion about the need for an inquiry.

Will victims be financially repaid?

Payments have been made to some of the people who were infected. A nest egg was established to help support survivors.

If the new inquiry finds culpability it affords the door to victims seeking large compensation payouts through the courts.

Liz Carroll, chief superintendent of the Haemophilia Society, said: «The government has for decades denied negligence and deprive of to provide compensation to those affected, this inquiry will when all is said be able to properly consider evidence of wrongdoing.»

Are blood products non-toxic now?

Improvements in donor vetting meant that by 1986 UK patients were draw safer treatments.

By the late 1990s, synthetic treatments for haemophilia developed available, removing the infection risk.

Anyone who received a blood transfusion in the presence of 1991 is potentially at risk of Hepatitis C infection since blood alms were not screened before this date.

Blood donations are now routinely tested for infections, containing hepatitis and HIV.

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