Contaminated Blood Scandal Campaign Group

Who We Are

Contaminated Blood Scandal campaign and advocacy group

Factor 8 is a non-profit organisation which is wholly comprised of the victims and families affected by the Contaminated Blood Scandal.

Our mission and what we do

Truth, Justice & Recognition

We are working to achieve a just outcome for those infected and affected by anti-haemophilic clotting Factor products (such as Factor VIII Concentrate) in the 1970's and 1980's that were infected with HIV and/or Hepatitis C. Factor 8 conducts research and investigation into the Contaminated Blood Scandal and has developed a unique and extensive reservoir of knowledge and evidence on the subject. In addition to investigatory work, we also provide support groups, information and updates for those affected. Acknowledging the role and work of Factor 8, in September 2018 the Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, designated our organisation as a Core Participant in the Inquiry where we will assist in ensuring the best possible outcome for our members.

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Contaminated Blood Scandal

The Contaminated Blood Scandal (Sometimes called the Tainted Blood Scandal) is the event of 3,891 people in the UK (mostly Haemophiliacs) being infected with HIV and/or Hepatitis C by a commercial Medicine known as Factor VIII. This pharmaceutical product is the main culprit referred to when using phrases such as Contaminated Blood Products or Infected Blood Products.

Factor VIII was made by pooling, or, mixing together many thousands of plasma donations which were often collected overseas from high-risk donors who were paid.

It is the largest loss-of-life incident in modern Britain with total deaths numbering into the thousands. Events that unfolded within the Haemophilia community through infected blood-products in the 70's and 80's were avoidable and should never have happened.

The Contaminated Blood Scandal is truly one of the most horrific tales never told.

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Our Impact

Our organisation played a key role in securing and establishing the Infected Blood Inquiry into the Contaminated Blood Scandal which was announced by Theresa May in July 2017 and began its work in 2018. Factor 8 has worked extensively with media, politicians and legal teams to achieve our mission.

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JULY 2017

The contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s is an appalling tragedy which should simply never have happened.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP (Prime Minister)

 

 

Projects

PUBLIC INQUIRY

After playing a key role to secure a Public Inquiry into the Contaminated Blood Scandal, we are working with the Inquiry and our Lawyers to achieve the best outcome for the Haemophilia community. The Infected Blood Inquiry is now underway.

The fatherless generation

The Fatherless Generation is a support group separate to Factor 8 which was established to provide a place for those who have lost parents to the Contaminated Blood Scandal to connect with each other, exchange stories and provide support.

GROUP LEGAL ACTION

Factor 8 continues to work with Collins Solicitors in regard to the Contaminated Blood Products Group Legal Action which was granted by Senior Master Fontaine at the High Court in September 2017. The case remains on-going.

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Get Involved and Join the community.

There are a number of ways you can get involved, whether you're wanting to become a Haemophilia activist or would simply like to connect with others who are affected.

 

JOIN OUR PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP

We maintain a Private group on Facebook which accepts applications to join from those affected by the Contaminated Blood Scandal.

FOLLOW OUR PUBLIC FACEBOOK PAGE

Our public Facebook page posts regular updates about what's going on with Factor 8 as well  as the various projects that we are involved in.

Make a Donation

Unlike others, we don't believe in accepting money from Pharmaceutical companies, it’s a point of principal. So we truly rely on public support!