Contaminated Blood Scandal of the Seventies, UK Announces Fresh Inquiry
No one really expects something like a blood scandal to occur in a developed country but that is exactly what happened in England during the 1970s and 80’s. A UK wide inquiry is now scheduled into the contaminated blood scandal which has tragically left 2,400 people dead. A spokesman for the Prime Minister Theresa May confirmed the death toll and said that her government will now reopen the case and establish the causes of the “appalling injustice” that occurred in one of the worst scandals of modern day Britain.
During the time, thousands of pf patients were administered infected blood products imported from abroad leading to rampant and fatal infections like hepatitis C and HIV. It was termed the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.
1 Families of Victims deserve answers, says May
In an interview to the BBC, Theresa May said “They deserve answers, and the inquiry that I have announced today will give them those answers, so they will know why this happened, how it happened. This was an appalling tragedy and it should never have happened”
Many of the victims and their families were not even warned of the risks involved in receiving the blood and most of them believe that the entire incident was hushed under a cover up. The blood scandals were once again unearthed by a recent parliamentary report which found almost 7500 patients were infected with contaminated blood. Among the patients were those who were already suffering from diseases like hemophilia. Such patients require constant treatment with a clotting agent called Factor VIII which is derived only from donated blood.