The Infected Blood Inquiry announces further hearings on compensation
The Infected Blood Inquiry formally began on 2 July 2018 with the aim of examining the circumstances in which thousands of NHS patients contracted HIV or Hepatitis C through infected blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.
The Inquiry concluded its substantive hearings in January 2023 – and following the evidence uncovered, the Chair, Sir Brian Langstaff, published his second interim report on compensation. This report found that there is a strong case for compensation to be awarded to the victims of infected blood and made recommendations to the UK government for a compensation scheme to be set up this year. The full report can be found here.
The UK government has not yet provided its formal response to the Chair’s recommendations.
Since the publication of the report, in an update this week, the Inquiry has announced that it intends to hold further hearings in the week of 24 July 2023. The Inquiry plans to take further evidence at these hearings on the Government’s response to the use of infected blood and blood products and the question of compensation.
The Inquiry is in the process of obtaining witness statements for these hearings and the list of witnesses is not yet available.
The Inquiry has confirmed that it intends to publish the timetable for the hearings on 4 July 2023.
The Inquiry’s full announcement can be found here.
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