Contaminated Blood & Blood Products: Public Inquiry Press & Media
The Contaminated Blood & Blood Products Public Inquiry
The Inquiry will examine why men, women and children in the UK were given infected blood and/or infected blood products; the impact on their families; how the authorities (including government) responded; the nature of any support provided following infection; questions of consent; and whether there was a cover-up. For more details, please see the Terms of Reference.
The Inquiry has now begun its investigative work. The first stage is to obtain evidence and witness statements.
Further details related to the Public Inquiry can be found on the dedicated website. Simply click on the Inquiry logo or use the link below:
House of Commons – Monday 2nd July 2018
Statement on Infected Blood Inquiry – David Lidington
David Lidington, Minister for the Cabinet Office, made a statement in the House of Commons today on the Infected Blood Inquiry and answers questions from members of parliament.
In a letter to the Minister, Sir Brian Langstaff said the inquiry would consider what had happened and why, and the response of government and others.
Many of those affected and their families say they were not told of the risks involved. Patients in other countries were also infected.
It was revealed on Monday that the process of gathering evidence would begin this week and the inquiry would take between two and four years.
The first public hearings involving victims and their families will be in late September but the inquiry is likely then to hold private sessions until the new year.
Sir Brian said: “What is difficult to comprehend is the sheer scale of what happened”. The numbers of people, both adults and children, from all walks of life, who were infected by Hepatitis viruses, or HIV, from clotting factor or transfused blood runs into thousands.
At least as many more – including partners, children, parents, families, friends or carers – have been affected. This may have happened principally in the 1970s and 1980s but the consequences persist today with people continuing to feel the mental, physical, social, work-related and financial effects.
Many of the people infected and their families have battled for years to understand what happened and how they have been treated since. “I aim to put the people who have been infected and affected at the heart of this inquiry”. “I am determined to get to the truth and where necessary will use the inquiry’s power to compel witnesses to explain their actions.”
He urged people with knowledge or personal experience who might be able to help the inquiry to come forward. Campaigners who have fought for decades for a full independent investigation welcomed the announcement by Sir Brian Langstaff.
He said that he was very happy with the terms of reference. He added that the judge had “done a very good job and listened to what was said in meetings with campaigners”
With thanks to TaintedBlood
Time to uncover the cover-up
For more than a year we have been hearing what the victims and/or their families would like from this Inquiry, and we have come to know them well. It is of course in no one’s power to bring back someone’s father, wife or child, but what is completely within the power of this government, the public inquiry and the courts, is to give those affected some answers and put in place some form of closure.
Our clients want to stop having to fight the government and the pharmaceutical companies responsible for importing and distributing infected blood products, and they want the recognition and acknowledgement of extensive and long term wrong-doing that they rightly deserve.
The obvious questions that arise are, what is recognition? And after all this time what does ‘Truth and Justice’ look like?
Northern Ireland victims of blood scandal urged to have say at inquiry
The terms of reference said the inquiry will consider “whether there have been attempts to conceal details of what happened” through the destruction of documents or withholding of information.
It will also consider if those attempts were deliberate and if “there has been a lack of openness or candour” in the response of the Government, NHS bodies and other officials.
Inquiry chair Sir Brian Langstaff vowed he would “put the people who have been infected and affected “at its heart”.
A report on the Infected Blood Inquiry and the statement marking the official start of the inquiry from Cabinet Minister, David Lidington – featuring campaigners Neil Weller and Jason Evans
‘We must make sure this never happens again’ – probe will look at ‘cover up’ of NHS’ worst scandal
Michelle Tolley had blood transfusions twice when she was pregnant in the 1980s. Photo: Simon Finlay
The 53-year old, who runs support group Contaminated Whole Blood UK, said she had “every faith” that the inquiry would “leave no stone unturned in the search for truth and justice”.
“For all of those who lost their lives, were infected, or affected by the worst tragedy in the history of the NHS, we must make sure this never happens again,” she said.
Reporter Angela Walker gives an overview of the Infected Blood Inquiry which officially began yesterday (2nd July 2018), reviewing the statement made by Cabinet Minister David Lidington in the House of Commons
Sean Curran reports on today’s statement from Cabinet Office minister, David Lidington on the Infected Blood Inquiry.
The process of gathering evidence would begin this week and the inquiry would take between two and four years.
The first public hearings involving victims and their families will be in late September 2018 but the inquiry is likely then to hold private sessions until early 2019.
Blood scandal inquiry ‘will find any cover-up’
Sir Brian said: “What is difficult to comprehend is the sheer scale of what happened.
“The numbers of people, both adults and children, from all walks of life, who were infected by Hepatitis viruses, or HIV, from clotting factor or transfused blood runs into thousands.
“At least as many more – including partners, children, parents, families, friends or carers – have been affected.
“This may have happened principally in the 1970s and 1980s but the consequences persist today with people continuing to feel the mental, physical, social, work-related and financial effects.