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Infected Blood Scandal Revealed in UK Inquiry Findings

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A recent inquiry in the United Kingdom, known as the Infected Blood Inquiry, has uncovered a shocking scandal involving the deliberate exposure of tens of thousands of patients to deadly infections through contaminated blood and blood products. The findings revealed that more than 30,000 individuals were infected with viruses such as HIV and hepatitis due to receiving tainted blood in the UK between the 1970s and early 1990s.

The inquiry concluded that over 3,000 people are believed to have lost their lives as a result of the contaminated blood scandal, marking it as one of the deadliest disasters in the history of the UK’s state-run National Health Service (NHS) since its establishment in 1948. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak described it as a ‘day of shame for the British state’.

Judge Brian Langstaff, who authored the comprehensive report running over 2,500 pages, exposed a series of failures and catastrophic consequences for the victims and their families. The report highlighted deliberate attempts to conceal the truth about the scandal, including the destruction of documents by government officials in 1993.

The victims of the scandal included individuals requiring blood transfusions for various reasons such as accidents and surgeries, as well as those with blood disorders like haemophilia who were treated with contaminated blood plasma products. The inquiry report pointed to a ‘catalogue of failures’ and emphasized that the immense scale of the tragedy could largely have been prevented.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May initiated the inquiry in 2017 after years of campaigning by victims and their loved ones. The scandal, which has claimed the lives of over 3,000 people, is a harrowing reminder of the systemic failures and consequences of the contaminated blood crisis. The Hepatitis C Trust has urged individuals who had blood transfusions before 1991 to get tested for the virus.

Rachel Adams

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