Bad Blood

Blood saves lives. But transfusions have risks, and they can transmit infectious disease and cause reactions. And that requires careful screening and monitoring - Matthew Kuehner

Bad Blood
Bad Blood

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How I broke the infected blood scandal in the Mail...

No story should start at the end. But this one does. On Monday, at Westminster’s Central Hall, it will all be over. The public inquiry into why hospitals were using contaminated blood throughout the 1980s, killing thousands of people and infecting tens of thousands of others, will publish its final report. It is set to put an end to decades of speculation about what compensation victims and their families will receive, after one of the longest, most harrowing medical scandals of all time. Sir Brian Langstaff’s careful four-year stewardship of the Infected Blood Inquiry has examined millions of pieces of evidence, pored over more than 3,500 written statements and listened to 370 witnesses —…

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 How I broke the infected blood scandal in the Mail...

For me, the course of events that came to mark this seismic catastrophe is personal. It began 41 years ago when, as a young medical journalist, newly promoted on to The Mail on Sunday, I broke the story of Britain’s contaminated blood catastrophe.


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The Inquiry Report

Patients have received blood or blood products from the NHS since it began in 1948. Many of those treated with them, particularly between 1970 and 1998, died or suffered miserably, and many continue to suffer. This was not as a direct result of the underlying condition or illness that took them to the NHS in the first place, but as a result of the treatment itself. This would be catastrophic enough if they were the only victims. But the treatment has caused others to suffer too – partners, family, children, friends – some by being themselves infected, some by having to watch loved ones die, some by having to give their lives to caring; and alm

Infected Blood Inquiry

The Inquiry 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.

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