Hepatitis C Trust statement on the contaminated blood inquiry

The Hepatitis C Trust wholeheartedly welcomes this week’s announcement of an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, which led to patients contracting hepatitis C and HIV.

Over 5,000 people were affected by the scandal, and an estimated 2,400 people died after receiving infected blood. Despite questions having been raised over many years about the causes and handling of the scandal, there has been no official Government inquiry.

With the exact composition of the inquiry yet to be determined, The Hepatitis C Trust urges the Government to ensure the victims and their families are at the centre of the process. Allowing victims’ voices to be heard is the only way to ensure that the inquiry comprehensively addresses their concerns.

Charles Gore, Chief Executive of The Hepatitis C Trust, said: “I am delighted and relieved that the Government has at last announced this long-overdue inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, which led to so much suffering for so many. The Prime Minister’s spokesman was right to describe the scandal as an “appalling injustice” and it can only be hoped that this inquiry will provide those affected with the answers they deserve.”

If you have any concerns around hepatitis C and contaminated blood, our confidential helpline is open Monday-Friday from 10.30am-4.30pm and is staffed solely by people who have themselves been affected by hepatitis C. You can call the helpline on 0845 223 4424 or 020 7089 6221. Alternatively, you can email helpline@hepctrust.org.uk