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Contaminated blood survivors prepare for inquiry

Issue No. 2572

Thousands of people were infected with contaminated blood

Thousands of people were infected with contaminated blood (Pic: Tim Sanders)

Survivors of the contaminated blood scandal met with the Reverend James Jones last week to discuss a possible upcoming inquiry. Nearly 80 attended the meeting.

Tory health secretary Jeremy Hunt brought Jones in after an outcry over the Department of Health’s (DoH) role in the inquiry.

The meeting unanimously agreed that Jones would write to Theresa May opposing DoH involvement except for providing evidence.

It also overwhelmingly agreed that Jones should write to May to state that an inquiry should be held under the 2005 Inquiries Act. This would give it the power to compel witnesses to provide evidence.

Around 5,000 people were infected with Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B or HIV after being given infected blood or blood products during the 1970s and 80s.

Around 2,500 have died and others will die before an inquiry is completed.

Those at the meeting stressed that the government must establish an inquiry quickly.

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