Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has announced that an inquiry will be held on contaminated blood which was supplied to NHS patients in the 1970s and 1980s. In a statement the Prime Minister said:
“The contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s is 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. At least 2,400 people died and thousands more were exposed to Hepatitis C and HIV, with life-changing consequences.
The victims and their families who have suffered so much pain and hardship deserve answers as to how this could possibly have happened. While this government has invested record amounts to support the victims, they have been denied those answers for too long and I want to put that right.
As Prime Minister, I am determined to stand up for victims and confront injustice and unfairness in our society at every turn.
We will work with the victims and their families to decide what form this inquiry should take so their voices are heard and they finally get the answers and justice they have spent decades waiting for”.
Jeremy Corbyn, one of six party leaders who had called for an inquiry to be held, said:
“It was obviously a serious systemic failure. I think we need the strongest possible inquiry that can if necessary lead to prosecution actions as a result, but above all get to the bottom of it”.