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UK Government orders inquiry into contaminated blood scandal

11 Juillet 2017

THERESA MAY is launching an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal that has claimed 2,400 lives - and caused "unimaginable" pain.

Theresa May told the Cabinet that she and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had decided an investigation was needed.

It could take the form of a Hillsborough style panel or a Judge-led inquiry but the final decision will be taken after speaking to the families involved, according to Number 10.

"It is going to be a wide-ranging inquiry".

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It comes just hours before a scheduled emergency debate in the Commons requested by Labour MP Diana Johnson and highlights the political problems faced by the Prime Minister.

A joint letter signed by six opposition leaders called the scandal "one of the worse peacetime disasters in our country's history". Much of the plasma used to make the product came from donors such as prison inmates in the United States, who sold their blood.

The move came a day after former Health Secretary Andy Burnham threatened to go to the police with "serious allegations" over the scandal if the Government failed to act.

Thousands of haemophiliacs across the UK were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C in the 1970s and 80s, largely due to the use of a blood product sourced from the United States by the NHS that was produced from blood donated by thousands of donors.

UK Government orders inquiry into contaminated blood scandal