During the 1970s and 1980s almost 4,000 people with haemophilia were infected with hepatitis C after receiving contaminated blood products from the NHS. Over 1,200 of these were also infected with HIV. It is believed that over 1,200 people have since died as a result, but the exact figure is not known.
There have been previous inquiries into what happened, but they did not have UK-wide powers to compel witnesses to attend and gather official documents.
A new inquiry opened in September 2018. It is chaired by retired judge, Sir Brian Langstaff. It will examine why men, women and children in the UK were given infected blood and/or infected blood products; the impact on their families; how the authorities (including government) responded; the nature of any support provided following infection; questions of consent; and whether there was a cover-up.
Cyrilia Davies-Knight of Hudgell Solicitors represents a number of core participants at the Inquiry. She has instructed Karon Monaghan QC of Matrix Chambers and Philip Dayle of No5 Chambers as counsel.
The Inquiry’s public hearings will take place across the UK starting in April. Full details can be found here.
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