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Victims of contaminated blood scandal threaten to boycott government inquiry

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal will boycott the public inquiry into the disaster as long as the Department of Health is involved, they said yesterday.

Families and survivors said it was ‘simply impossible’ to proceed with the inquiry because of the central role of the department and its staff in the tragedy.

In a letter to the head of the probe, Bishop James Jones, they said that ‘nothing can proceed’ until Theresa May can assure them that the hearing will be independent.

The Prime Minister has announced an inquiry into the ‘appalling tragedy’ that killed 2,400 people infected with hepatitis and HIV in the 1970s and 1980s.

Thousands of people were infected after they were given with contaminated stocks of the clotting agent Factor VIII, used to treat patients with haemophilia.

The Department of Health is working on determining the exact form of the Hillsborough-style inquiry, which will be led by a judge.

Read more in the Daily Mail.

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