Infected Blood Inquiry hearings resume in 2022
This week, the Infected Blood Inquiry resumes with hearings on blood services. The Inquiry will hear testimonies from key clinicians and those in senior positions in blood services from across the UK. The hearings will then move to focus on blood transfusion policy and practice in February and March.
This week, the Inquiry will hear from Dr Roger Moore (Department of Health and Social Security and the National Blood Transfusion Service), Dr John Gillon (Edinburgh and South East Scotland Blood Transfusion Service and the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service) and Dr Victoria Martlew (North West Regional Transfusion Service and Mersey and North Wales Regional Transfusion Service).
Their testimonies follow on from the Autumn and Winter hearings last year where the Inquiry heard from witnesses which included government ministers, employees of pharmaceutical companies and directors of Blood Transfusion Centres. There were also presentations from counsel to the Inquiry on issues such as the history of medicine licensing in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s, the work of key pharmaceutical companies and haemophilia centres and general attitudes to the risk of transmitted infections such as HIV and hepatitis at the time. Those hearings revealed the divergences of practices and attitudes regarding blood services in the UK between the late 1970s – early 2000s.
Due to high levels of Covid-19, the hearings in early 2022 will be run remotely with a daily live broadcast via YouTube and Zoom.
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