UK: Contaminated blood blamed for 2, 400 deaths

Sky News:-The Prime Minister has ordered an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal which has left 2,400 people dead.

Theresa May told the Cabinet that she and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt had decided an investigation was needed.

Details of the UK-wide inquiry have yet to be finalised, and consultations will take place with those affected on the best way to proceed.

The Prime Minister’s spokesman said: “Consultation will now take place with those affected to decide exactly what form the inquiry will take, such as a Hillsborough-style independent panel or a judge-led statutory inquiry.

“It is a tragedy that has caused immeasurable hardship and pain for all those affected and a full inquiry to establish the truth of what happened is the right course of action to take.

“It is going to be a wide-ranging inquiry.”

The spokesman said the decision to hold an investigation had been prompted by new evidence.

It came just hours before MPs held an emergency debate on the scandal.

Speaker John Bercow granted the debate after a request from Labour MP Diana Johnson, who said ministers had failed to consider evidence of criminal activity.

She said: “Those infected, and their families, will be waiting anxiously to know that the Prime Minister’s announcement will truly give them the justice they have so long been denied.”

The UK imported supplies of the clotting agent Factor VIII from the US, some of which turned out to be infected. Much of the plasma used to make the product came from donors such as prison inmates in the US, who sold their blood.