Blood: Contamination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 14th March 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Labour, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to find those responsible for the blood products that were imported from the US during the 1970s and 1980s which were contaminated and consequently caused people in the UK to be infected with HIV and Hepatitis.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

In July 2017 the Prime Minister announced the creation of a full public inquiry, under the Inquiries Act 2005, to conduct an independent review of all the events surrounding the tragedy of infection with blood products.

Following a consultation, the Inquiry’s wide ranging, and United Kingdom-wide terms of reference were presented to Parliament by the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Rt. hon David Lidington MP), and published in July 2018.

Chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff, the Inquiry is currently gathering evidence and is due to hear testimony from those affected by the events, as well as those responsible from the Government, the National Health Service and other organisations.

Further information is available on the Inquiry’s website at the following link:

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