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Public Inquiry Publishes Final Report into Infected Blood Scandal

The long-awaited findings of the Infected Blood Inquiry will be released at 12:00, marking a significant moment in the fight for justice for victims of the worst treatment disaster in NHS history. Tens of thousands of people were infected with contaminated blood products or blood transfusions between the 1970s and early 1990s, resulting in an estimated 3,000 deaths and leaving survivors with life-long health implications.

Public Inquiry Publishes Final Report Into Infected Blood Scandal

Public Inquiry Publishes Final Report Into Infected Blood Scandal

Public Inquiry Publishes Final Report Into Infected Blood Scandal

Background

Public Inquiry Publishes Final Report Into Infected Blood Scandal

The scandal, which has haunted the National Health Service (NHS) for decades, involved the use of blood products tainted with viruses such as hepatitis C and HIV. Many of those affected have endured years of suffering, and their families have faced immeasurable loss. The inquiry, launched in 2017 by former Prime Minister Theresa May, aimed to uncover the truth behind this tragedy and hold responsible parties accountable.

Public Inquiry Publishes Final Report Into Infected Blood Scandal

The Inquiry’s Findings

Public Inquiry Publishes Final Report Into Infected Blood Scandal

The Infected Blood Inquiry’s final report sheds light on systemic failures, negligence, and inadequate safeguards that allowed contaminated blood to be administered to patients. Key points from the report include:

Public Inquiry Publishes Final Report Into Infected Blood Scandal

  1. Government Accountability: Rachel Halford, Chief Executive of The Hepatitis C Trust, emphasised that the fight for justice is far from over. She called for urgent action from the government to address historic wrongs. More than 650 individuals who received infected blood or blood products have died since the inquiry began. The government must swiftly implement all recommendations from the inquiry and provide a clear timeline for compensation payments.
  2. Campaigners’ Persistence: Hundreds of affected individuals and their families gathered at Westminster on Sunday to mark the end of the inquiry. Some campaigners have been fighting for justice for decades. Their persistence and determination have been instrumental in bringing this issue to the forefront.
  3. Emotional Impact: MP Dame Diana Johnson, who tirelessly lobbied on this issue for two decades, expressed her emotions as she addressed the crowd. She acknowledged that the journey has been painfully long and slow, and many victims are no longer alive to witness this moment.

Moving Forward

Public Inquiry Publishes Final Report Into Infected Blood Scandal

As the report reverberates across the nation, there is hope that it will lead to meaningful change. Families who lost loved ones and survivors deserve not only answers but also compensation and support. The government’s response will be closely scrutinised, and the legacy of the infected blood scandal will continue to shape healthcare policies and patient safety measures.

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