Government releases statement on contaminated blood inquiry

The Government has today released a written statement on the contaminated blood inquiry, following Cabinet Office analysis of consultation responses.

The statement announces that a judge will be appointed to Chair the inquiry, supported by a panel. An announcement on who that judge will be is promised "in the New Year". Once a Chair is in place, they will also be consulted on the composition of the inquiry panel.

The statement concludes by thanking all who responded to the consultation and says that the findings will be passed to the Chair to help inform the discussions regarding the draft Terms of Reference, on which it is expected there will be further consultation. The full written statement can be found here.

The Hepatitis C Trust will continue to represent affected patients in any further meetings relating to the inquiry, and to disseminate information on developments as they happen. Any affected patients with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact our helpline on 020 7089 6221 or at helpline@hepctrust.org.uk (please note that the helpline will be closed from 23rd December to 8th January).