Independent Inquiry Announced for Contaminated Blood Scandal
The Hepatitis C Coalition released the following statement regarding the recently announced independent inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal:
The Hepatitis C Coalition welcomes the Government’s announcement of a full independent inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, and praises the work of Diana Johnson MP and Andy Burnham MP, for their determined efforts to bring it about so that patients’ voices can be truly heard. We support Ms Johnson’s call for the inquiry to encompass the scandal in its entirety, from lead-up to aftermath, and echo her call for the victims to be consulted fully.
The contaminated blood scandal led to around 6,000 people being infected with hepatitis C and some 1,500 being infected with HIV. As a campaign group of leading clinicians, patient organisations, professional groups and other interested parties committed to reducing hepatitis C-related illness, we look forward to a thorough and open investigation.
Blenheim would like to see a separate enquiry into the discriminatory rationing of Hep C treatment which affects both those infected by contaminated blood products and others with Hep C. Currently 190,000 people are estimated to have Hep C in the UK but only 10,000 patients were expected to have been treated in 2016/17, despite a cost effective treatment being available.