'Bad blood' inquiry to be held

An independent public inquiry is to be held into the supply of contaminated NHS blood to haemophiliacs, it was announced today.

An independent public inquiry is to be held into the supply of contaminated NHS blood to haemophiliacs, it was announced today.

Former Solicitor General, Labour peer Lord Archer of Sandwell, is to conduct the inquiry after a campaign by Lord Morris of Manchester, the ex-Minister for the Disabled, who said that 1,757 haemophilia patients, who were exposed to HIV and/or hepatitis C contaminated NHS blood and blood products had died since being infected.

The inquiry follows a campaign by Newcastle woman Carol Grayson, whose late husband Peter Longstaff was infected after blood transfusions.

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