PM orders inquiry into contaminated blood scandal

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PM orders inquiry into contaminated blood scandal

An UK-wide inquiry will be held into the contaminated blood scandal that left at least 2,400 people dead, the prime minister has confirmed.

A spokesman for the PM said the decision to hold an investigation had been prompted by new evidence.

It will establish the causes of the “appalling injustice” that took place in the 1970s and 1980s.

Families of those who died will be consulted about what form the inquiry should take.

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: “It is going to be a wide-ranging inquiry. Jeremy Hunt said that 2,400 people had died and it was necessary to establish the causes of this appalling injustice. 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 could be a public Hillsborough-style inquiry or a judge-led statutory inquiry, the PM confirmed. No.10 later confirmed that it would consult on the new probe, which will take the form of either a full public inquiry or a panel similar to that which investigated the Hillsborough disaster.

This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly.
{12.50pm 11/7/17}

 

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