The British government is set to hold an inquiry into how thousands of people with haemophilia were infected with hepatitis C and HIV after receiving blood transfusions in the 1970s and ’80s.
Those infected were treated with blood-clotting agents, a Downing Street spokesman said.
Some 2,400 people died as a result of the contaminated blood, “and it was necessary to establish the causes of this appalling justice,” the spokesman said.
Welcoming the inquiry Liz Carroll, Chief Executive of The Haemophilia Society in the UK said: “For decades people with bleeding disorders and their families have sought the truth.
Instead, they were told by the Government that no mistakes were made while it repeatedly refused to acknowledge evidence of negligence and a subsequent cover up. Finally, they will have the chance to see justice.”