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Inquiry into UK infected blood scandal to reveal findings

Inquiry into UK infected blood scandal to reveal findings

An inquiry into a decades-long infected blood scandal, in which thousands of people died in the United Kingdom after being treated with contaminated blood, is set to reveal its findings.

The final report, due to be published on Monday, is expected to decry politicians as well as health officials and institutions over what’s known as the biggest treatment disaster in National Health Service (NHS) history.

Inquiry chairman Brian Langstaff has previously said that “wrongs were done at individual, collective and systemic levels.”

Tens of thousands of people were infected with viruses such as HIV and hepatitis after receiving contaminated blood between the 1970s and early 1990s, the inquiry is expected to conclude.

Former Prime Minister Theresa May launched the inquiry in 2017.

Campaigners said Monday was the culmination of a decades-long struggle.

“We feel emotional at the moment in the sense that it’s like a 40-year-old fight, and it’s coming to an end and we’ve come to the end of our energy levels,” said the 61-year-old Suresh Vaghela, who was infected with both HIV and hepatitis C when he received a contaminated blood product while being treated for hemophilia when he was around 13 years old.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is also expected to express regret when he speaks in parliament after the report’s release on Monday, while a compensation package promised for victims and their families is due to be announced on Tuesday.

More than 30,000 people were infected with HIV and hepatitis C by contaminated blood products and transfusions. Around 3,000 people are believed to have died.

The victims included those needing blood transfusions for accidents and in surgery, and those given infected blood products as part of their treatment for blood disorders, including hemophilia.

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