MP welcomes blood inquiry

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the government's decision to hold a full inquiry into the contaminated blood tragedy in the 1970s and 1980s.

Wednesday, 12th July 2017, 10:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 8:47 am
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage

Thousands of NHS patients were given blood from abroad which was infected with hepatitis C and HIV and at least 2,400 people are believed to have lost their lives as a result of receiving contaminated blood products.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘I’m delighted that the government has announced a full inquiry which recognises the need to get to the bottom of this appalling injustice.’

She added: ‘For the past seven years I have been campaigning in parliament on behalf of a number of my constituents who have been personally affected by this tragedy which has caused unthinkable suffering up and down the country.

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‘They have worked tirelessly to ensure that the full scale of this scandal is properly investigated and I am glad that a full inquiry will now provide the answers they need.’

Victims and their families have received more than £390m in financial support since the tragedy and they will be consulted in order to determine the most appropriate form for the inquiry to take.