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UK Contaminated Blood Scandal: A Shameful Legacy

UK Contaminated Blood Scandal: A Shameful Legacy

Victims' groups have condemned UK politicians over the contaminated blood scandal. Brian Langstaff's inquiry revealed avoidable infections and government cover-ups between 1970 and 1991. Victims feel vindicated but face ongoing struggles for justice and proper medical care.
Victims’ groups have strongly condemned UK politicians for the contaminated blood scandal, stating they 'should hang their heads in shame.' The public inquiry’s final report, led by Brian Langstaff, was released, confirming that the scandal, which infected many with HIV and hepatitis C between 1970 and 1991, was avoidable and exacerbated by a government cover-up.

Clive Smith, chair of the Haemophilia Society, highlighted the systemic deceit over decades, undermining public trust.

Smith noted the unprecedented recommendation for government progress checks within 12 months and emphasized the need for criminal charges against those who covered up the scandal.

Andy Evans, chair of Tainted Blood and a victim himself, expressed feeling 'validated and vindicated' by the report.

However, victims like Jackie Britton continue to struggle for proper medical care and fear that compensation recommendations might be ignored.

Lynne Kelly of Haemophilia Wales raised concerns about ongoing uncertainties over compensation allocation.
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