The Statutory Inquiry into the Contaminated Blood Scandal was set up following an announcement by the Prime Minster in 2017. In a statement in Parliament she described the scandal as “an appalling tragedy which should simply never have happened”.
Sir Brian said: “What is difficult to comprehend is the sheer scale of what happened. The numbers of people, both adults and children, from all walks of life who were infected by Hepatitis viruses, or HIV, from clotting factor or transfused blood runs into thousands. At least as many more – including partners, children, parents, families, friends or carers – have been affected.
“This may have happened principally in the 1970s and 1980s, but the consequences persist today with people continuing to feel the mental, physical, social, work-related and financial effects.
“Many of the people infected and their families have battled for years to understand what happened and how they have been treated since. I aim to put the people who have been infected and affected at the heart of this Inquiry. I am determined to get to the truth and where necessary will use the Inquiry’s power to compel witnesses to explain their actions.”
Read and watch and hear the three preliminary hearing days, held at Church House, Westminster.
Read the outline programme and timetable for the Inquiry.