Theresa May announces contaminated blood scandal inquiry

An inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s was announced this week by the Prime Minister.

At least 2,400 people have died and thousands more were exposed to Hepatitis C and HIV.

This came after NHS patients were given unscreened blood products from abroad.

Theresa May called the contaminated blood scandal “an appalling tragedy which should simply never have happened”.

“Thousands of patients expected the world-class care our NHS is famous for, but they were failed.

“The victims and their families who have suffered so much pain and hardship deserve answers as to how this could possibly have happened”.

The PM confirmed that the inquiry could either be a public Hillsborough-style inquiry or a judge-led statutory inquiry. The government will be working with the victims and their families to decide what form the inquiry should take.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn welcomed the inquiry with a tweet after the PM’s announcement.

“I welcome this important inquiry, which we called for in our manifesto, and thank Labour’s @DianaJohnsonMP who led this campaign for justice,” the tweet said.

The announcement comes after Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham threatened to go to the police if the Government did not act on the scandal.

Burnham told the Huffington Post: “This day has taken far too long in coming. People have suffered enough through contaminated blood.

“It is now incumbent on those organisations to work together to give the families truth, justice and accountability without any further delay or obstruction.”

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