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UK's Infected Blood Scandal: Conclusion Nears After Seven Years

The UK's infected blood scandal involves thousands of people infected with HIV and hepatitis due to contaminated blood between the 1970s and early 1990s. An inquiry, announced in 2017 by former prime minister Theresa May, is set to conclude after seven years of investigation. Interim compensation of one hundred thousand dollars has been distributed to around 4,000 affected individuals and bereaved partners.
The infected blood scandal in the UK involves tens of thousands of people receiving contaminated blood and blood products between the 1970s and early 1990s, resulting in infections with HIV and/or hepatitis.

The affected individuals include those who underwent blood transfusions due to surgeries, childbirth, or accidents, as well as patients with blood disorders treated with donated blood plasma.

Estimated consequences include one death every four days and a total of over 3,000 fatalities with many left with lifelong health issues.

The primary victims were those requiring blood transfusions and individuals with haemophilia.

Recent treatments introduced in the 1970s, like factor concentrate made from pooled human blood plasma, increased the risk of infection due to contaminated batches.

Infections from blood-borne viruses like HIV and hepatitis C caused severe health complications.

The inquiry into this scandal, announced by former prime minister Theresa May in July 2017, aimed to investigate the events, governmental response, communication, care, and potential cover-up.

By 2023, Sir Brian Langstaff had collected testimony from 374 people and reviewed over 100,000 documents.

Following the inquiry, interim compensation payments of one hundred thousand dollars were issued to around 4,000 affected individuals or bereaved partners, with plans to extend these payments to the estates of the deceased.

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