In 1970s and 80s, some haemophilia patients across the UK were given contaminated supplies of the clotting factor VIII by the National Health Service. It is alleged that these blood products were imported from America and contained plasma from donors, including US prison inmates who sold their blood.
Disaster that followed
The contaminated supply left at least 2,400 people dead as they were infected with diseases, such as Hepatitis C and HIV but a recent parliamentary report found around 7,500 patients were actually infected. Amongst many other considerations, it is alleged that victims' medical details were tampered with to hide the cause of their infections, key documents associated with the scandal were destroyed by Department of Health officials and that contaminated products were "not removed from the blood supply once the dangers became known".
2 decades later- Ruthless cover up or Plain Ignorance?
An inquiry will be held by the UK government into the scandal after new evidence has come to light. This comes after UK Prime Minister received a letter earlier this month, signed by the leaders of all the main political parties, calling for an investigation into the tragedy and those involved in the scandal should be compelled to participate.