Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

The NHS con­tam­i­nated blood scan­dal refers to a pe­riod in the 1970s and 80s, where more than 4,500 peo­ple were in­fected with hep­ati­tis C or HIV, and 2,400 peo­ple who were in­fected have now died.

The blood was im­ported cheaply from Amer­ica as part of an in­jec­tion for peo­ple with hae­mophilia – Fac­tor VIII – how­ever many of the paid blood donors were ac­tu­ally in­ject­ing drug users and prison in­mates mean­ing the blood was con­tam­i­nated.

Thou­sands of peo­ple weren’t aware they had been con­tam­i­nated which meant hun­dreds of peo­ple were co-in­fected by un­know­ing fam­ily mem­bers.

Un­til re­cently, there hasn’t been an of­fi­cial in­quiry into the scan­dal and no­body has ever been held li­able.

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