After three decades of campaigning the Public Inquiry in the Infected Blood scandal finally got underway on September 24 at Church House in Westminster, with three days of preliminary hearings. The proceedings began with a moving Commemoration of the infected and affected with pictures, words, video statements and music (You can watch the ‘commemoration’ here). After this the Chair of the Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, gave his opening remarks together with Jennie Richards QC, Counsel for the Inquiry. (Their statements can be read on the Inquiry web site).
The next two days were for the opening statements from the ‘core participants’ and their representatives. (Again these are all available on the Inquiry web site for Day 2 and Inquiry web site for Day 3).
You can read the full text of The Society’s opening statement, made by the head of our legal team, Raymond Bradley here.