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CONTAMINATED BLOOD SCANDAL

The public inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal has announced medics including former Royal Free Hospital haemophilia centre chief Professor Christine Lee will give evidence this autumn.

The Infected Blood Inquiry’s hearings will resume in September, with medical staff to give evidence over five months.

A leading lawyer representing 1,400 victims of the contaminated blood scandal and their families said the ongoing public inquiry has “not moved quickly enough” over the past three years.

A group of campaigners have demanded to know why the government has yet to set out a framework for awarding compensation to those infected and affected by the contaminated blood scandal.

NHS bosses in England and Scotland must improve psychological support for those given hepatitis or HIV through contaminated blood and their loved ones, the Infected Blood Inquiry’s chair has said.

“That’s the first time they have really got it on the nose. The first time any authorities have said the things we’ve been saying for decades.”

On Monday the Infected Blood Inquiry will resume in central London.

Campaigners criticised the government’s continuing refusal to pay compensation to those affected by the contaminated blood scandal.

Nicola Jones was given contaminated blood products on the NHS, which led to her developing hepatits C.

After 12 weeks of public hearings, the Infected Blood Inquiry heard from the last – for now – “infected and affected” witnesses on Friday.

While he was a patient at the Royal Free Hospital’s haemophilia centre, Mark Ward told the Infected Blood Inquiry last week, his “homosexual lifestyle” was blamed by medics for infections including HIV, hepatitis C and cytomegalovirus (CMV).

Three members of the same family who contracted deadly hepatitis C from contaminated blood products at the Royal Free were being used as unwitting test subjects in clinical research, the sole survivor believes.

Senior haemophilia consultants – including from the Royal Free Hospital and University College Hospital (UCH)– were told in 1974 that patients given commercial Factor VIII blood products in this country had developed hepatitis A or B.

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