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Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by emkz: 6:01pm On May 20
Authorities covered up the infected blood scandal after knowingly exposing victims to unacceptable risks, a long-awaited report says.

The five-year investigation accused doctors, government and the NHS of letting patients catch HIV and hepatitis.

More than 30,000 people were infected from 1970 to 1991 by contaminated blood products and transfusions.

About 3,000 have since died and more deaths will follow.

The Infected Blood Inquiry said victims had been failed "not once but repeatedly" by doctors, the NHS, government and others responsible for their safety.

Patient safety was not paramount in decision-making, it said, pointing out the risk of viral infections being transmitted in blood and blood products had been known about since the start of the NHS in 1948.

Despite this, people were exposed to "unacceptable risks", including:

● the continued importation of blood products from abroad - which included blood from high-risk donors in the US where prisoners and drug addicts were paid to give blood - despite a pledge to become self-sufficient

● the failure of the licensing regime to recognise such products were unsafe and should not have been licensed for use

● the continued sourcing of blood donations from high-risk populations in the UK too, such as prisoners, until 1986

taking until the end of 1985 to heat-treat blood products to eliminate HIV, despite the risks being known since 1982

● the government ignoring warnings in 1983 from one of the UK's top infectious disease experts, Dr Spence Galbraith, that all imported US blood products should be withdrawn from NHS use until the HIV risk was "clarified"

● a lack of testing from the 1970s onwards to reduce the risk of hepatitis, including being one of the last developed nations to start screening for hepatitis C when an accurate test was eventually found

● a four-year delay following the introduction of the hepatitis C screening before attempts were made to trace those who had been infected previously. It is estimated hundreds of people still have not been diagnosed - the disease can remain dormant for decades.

Destroying of documents

Inquiry chairman Sir Brian Langstaff described the scale of what happened as "horrifying" and said the authorities had been too slow to respond to the risks.

Addressing the issue of a cover-up, he said that better wording to describe it was "hiding the truth".

He said there has been a lack of openness, inquiry, accountability and elements of "downright deception", including destroying documents.

But he said hiding the truth included not only deliberate concealment, but telling half-truths or not telling people what they had a right to know - including the risks of treatment they received, what alternatives were available and, at times, even the fact that they were infected.

Sir Brian said the scandal had destroyed "lives, dreams, friendships, families and finances", adding that the numbers dying were still climbing week by week.

"This disaster was not an accident. The infections happened because those in authority - doctors, the blood services and successive governments - did not put patient safety first," he said.

Among those infected were around 380 children with bleeding disorders who got HIV after being given blood products for their condition, the report said.

Many of those died in childhood or young adulthood, having endured a level of pain and fear that no child or young person should ever have to face.

It said some were treated without them or their parents giving informed consent, describing that as unconscionable.

Sir Brian was also critical of the delays to calling a public inquiry - the then-Prime Minister Theresa May only announced it in 2017 when under political pressure.

The fact it took so long hampered his investigation, he said, as key people have since died or have been too frail to give evidence.

And he described an "institutional defensiveness" by the NHS and government that had compounded the harms done.

In particular, Sir Brian singled out Prof Arthur Bloom, the director of the Cardiff Haemophilia Centre, and considered one the UK's leading haematologists in the 1970s and 80s.

Prof Bloom's views, according to the report, "overly influenced" the way the government viewed the emergence of Aids and played down the threat posed to people with bleeding disorders. He died in 1992.

Who has been affected?
Two main groups of people were caught up in the scandal.

One was people with haemophilia, and those with similar disorders, who have a rare genetic condition which means their blood does not clot properly.

In the 1970s, a new treatment - Factor VIII and IX - was developed to replace the missing clotting agents, made from donated human blood plasma.

The second group affected include people who had a blood transfusion after childbirth, accidents and during medical treatment.

Blood used for these patients was not imported, but some of it was also contaminated, mainly with hepatitis C.

Sir Brian's two interim reports, published in July 2022 and April 2023, made recommendations about compensation for victims and their families.

The government has said it accepts the "moral case" for compensation, and interim payouts of £100,000 each have already been made to about 4,000 survivors and bereaved partners.

Ministers have promised to address the issue of final compensation once the inquiry's report is published. The total cost is likely to run into billions.

Clive Smith, of the Haemophilia Society, said the findings of the report was "no surprise to our community" that there was a cover up.

"Now the country knows and the world knows, there was a deliberate attempt to lie and conceal, this was systemic, by government, civil servants and healthcare professionals."

And he said it was vital the government now acted. "We don't listen to the recommendations of public inquiries, and that has got to stop today".

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is expected to issue an apology later on Monday.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-69037200.amp

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by emkz: 6:01pm On May 20
Was it not this same UK some ignorant journalists were talking about female genital mutilation, child bride, endemic poverty and outrightly comparing Nigerian human rights records to Nazi Germany all because Nigeria welcomed Harry and Meghan?

I can forgive them for making mistakes, but concealing mistakes that led to and will lead to the death of infected patients is the new low of hegemonic British evil.

Dear Nairalanders, this is the United Kingdom of Atrocities. They are not better than us.

They stole our resources to build their kingdom. They raided the palace of the Oba of Benin, they enable corrupt Nigerian politicians, and they try to denigrate Nigeria. They have added killing their own citizens to their litany of atrocities.

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by immortalcrown(m): 6:08pm On May 20
They are preoccupied with LGBTQ and animal rights.

Africa, forgive me for thinking you are the only continent that has countries with misplaced priorities.

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by Nukilia: 6:13pm On May 20
The same country accusing airpeace of aviation safety.

grin

Believe the British con men at your own risk grin

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by EnglishUsa: 7:22pm On May 20
70% of patients that died in the Nigeria hospital is because of doctors and nurses negligence. Those things are ducking careless

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by billionman: 7:23pm On May 20
With all the sophistication of their health facilities, they still couldn't detect these infectious agents while screening the blood before transfusion?

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by Wizardslayer: 7:23pm On May 20
I can't understand why i hate this country called UK.

Also hate their football clubs.

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by AlfaSeltzer(m): 7:23pm On May 20
emkz:
Was it not this same UK some ignorant journalists were talking about female genital mutilation, child bride, endemic poverty and outrightly comparing Nigerian human rights records to Nazi Germany all because Nigeria welcomed Harry and Meghan?

I can forgive them for making mistakes, but concealing mistakes that led to and will lead to the death of infected patients is the new low of hegemonic British evil.

Dear Nairalanders, this is the United Kingdom of Atrocities. They are not better than us.

They stole our resources to build their kingdom. They raided the palace of the Oba of Benin, they enable corrupt Nigerian politicians, and they try to denigrate Nigeria. They have added killing their own citizens to their litany of atrocities.

They actually created this your "country" for you, named you and sustained you.

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by datola: 7:23pm On May 20
What! A whole UnK!

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by Alhajikd: 7:24pm On May 20
angry
Scandal upon HIV
Na wao
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by Caramia2020(m): 7:24pm On May 20
Hmm
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by omoadeleye(m): 7:26pm On May 20
Aah
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by Mindlog: 7:26pm On May 20
Huge negligence.
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by tishbite42: 7:26pm On May 20
Na wa o
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by gigabyte13: 7:28pm On May 20
Ma where people dey run go for medical treatment be dis...
Dem don dash Dem weed and cocaine blood
So called advanced country
Mtchewwwwww

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by osuofia2(m): 7:28pm On May 20
emkz:
Was it not this same UK some ignorant journalists were talking about female genital mutilation, child bride, endemic poverty and outrightly comparing Nigerian human rights records to Nazi Germany all because Nigeria welcomed Harry and Meghan?

I can forgive them for making mistakes, but concealing mistakes that led to and will lead to the death of infected patients is the new low of hegemonic British evil.

Dear Nairalanders, this is the United Kingdom of Atrocities. They are not better than us.

They stole our resources to build their kingdom. They raided the palace of the Oba of Benin, they enable corrupt Nigerian politicians, and they try to denigrate Nigeria. They have added killing their own citizens to their litany of atrocities.
Yen yen yen, they stole your resources and they have left you for more than years yet you are still blaming them. Singapore, Dubai, are examples of determined nations.
Your artifects have been returned let's wait and see how it will look in the next years

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by LordIsaac(m): 7:28pm On May 20
I will still choose Nigeria any day, twice on Thursday!😊

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by truthhurtsnaira: 7:28pm On May 20
To all the foolish, very foolish Black Negroes wearing Chelsea and Aresenal jerseys to church…what the he.ll is wrong with you. Barclays made their money from slave trade and colonization of your people….


See they are at the root of speaking filth and diseases all over the world……


Nonsense….

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by whytediamond(m): 7:28pm On May 20
wink
.Humans are the same everywhere in the world.

The good dey
The bad dey.

Pray to meet more good people than bad along your life journey.

God protect us from evil

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by stagger: 7:29pm On May 20
The risk was already known as far back as 1982. The companies making these products refused to destroy the contaminated stock and instead shipped them off to other nations. Many of these landed in Africa as well.

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by AllenSpencer: 7:30pm On May 20
Socialism 🤣🤣🤣🤣

The system is overwhelmed and a collapse is inevitable.
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by emmaodet: 7:30pm On May 20
emkz:
Was it not this same UK some ignorant journalists were talking about female genital mutilation, child bride, endemic poverty and outrightly comparing Nigerian human rights records to Nazi Germany all because Nigeria welcomed Harry and Meghan?

I can forgive them for making mistakes, but concealing mistakes that led to and will lead to the death of infected patients is the new low of hegemonic British evil.

Dear Nairalanders, this is the United Kingdom of Atrocities. They are not better than us.

They stole our resources to build their kingdom. They raided the palace of the Oba of Benin, they enable corrupt Nigerian politicians, and they try to denigrate Nigeria. They have added killing their own citizens to their litany of atrocities.

Just imagine if this had happened in Nigeria how her citizens would have washed her down rigorously.
They will tell you we have quack doctors that are not competent and it is easier to die here than there but since it has happened in London, we just have to sweep it under the rug

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by Anonimoux: 7:33pm On May 20
UK and weird news

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by Paulayor: 7:34pm On May 20
grin
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by theophorus(m): 7:34pm On May 20
1970-1997 Abeg these people get time ooo.

Abeg, make dem leave this matter joor.
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by NothingDoMe: 7:34pm On May 20
Lol. UK don buy market.
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by id4sho(m): 7:34pm On May 20
Nothing like questioning in Nigeria shocked

Many people don't know how they got infected in Nigeria
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by Epitome88: 7:35pm On May 20
Unbelievable
Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by drsibz66(m): 7:36pm On May 20
Yes the Government, NHS and doctors erred and let their citizens down. And even at that you still can't compare it to my dear country or Africa.

For this scandal... I can comfortably tell you that

1, The whole scandal will be investigated. The whole truth or close to whole will be published for every one to see.

2, Those guilty will be identified, published and will receive punishment appropriate to their degree of involvement.

3. Compensation has already been given , and will continue to be given out to those affected and for those that have DIED their children pr family will receive compensation.

But unlike Nigeria this will never happen. Inshot you might not even hear it.

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Re: Blood Transfusion Scandal In The UK by ChizzyBuna(m): 7:37pm On May 20
Japa

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