Statement on the Infected Blood Inquiry – 5th December 2023
We welcome MPs decision to support Amendment 27 to the Victims and Prisoners Bill in the House of Commons last night (4th December). The amendment requires the Secretary of State to establish a body to administer a compensation scheme for the victims of the infected blood scandal within three months of the Bill being passed.
The Bill is still subject to further rounds of approval, but this is a vital step in the right direction for many of our former pupils who were infected with hepatitis and/or HIV from products supplied within the NHS treatment programme.
We await the publication of the Infected Blood Inquiry in March 2024, which we hope will provide our former pupils with the answers they have been waiting for.
The Infected Blood Inquiry is an independent inquiry, established to investigate the widespread administration of infected blood products provided by the NHS to around 4,500 people across the UK in the 1970s and 1980s. Many people contracted HIV and hepatitis as a result and many tragically died, including a number of Treloar’s former students.