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UK covered up cases of contaminated blood

Research reveals that more than 30.000 people contracted HIV and hepatitis C from transfusions that did not provide safety to patients

More than 30.000 people contracted HIV and hepatitis C from blood transfusions between the 1970s and early 90s, in a scandal that was covered up by the UK Government and the National Health Service.

This is revealed in a 2.570-page report, in which Sir Brian Langstaff, lead author of the investigation, states that “this disaster was no accident. The infections occurred because authorities – doctors, blood services and successive governments – did not prioritize patient safety.”

“The response of the authorities served to add to the suffering of the people,” he added.

In the document they estimate that to date, due to such events, the death of one in 10 victims has occurred, while others, who have been demanding justice for decades, have suffered lifelong consequences to their health.

The researcher urged that an immediate compensation plan be established for those affected and that the Government present its formal apology.

“The time has come for this disaster to be recognized on a national scale,” he said.

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