Mr Justice Langstaff gives initial thoughts on Infected Blood Inquiry

Today Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington issued a written Ministerial Statement stating that it would be Mr Justice Langstaff who will chair the public Inquiry into the infected blood scandal.

Mr Justice Langstaff will be the full time Chair of the Public Inquiry into the Infected Blood Scandal from 1st May 2018. This will follow his retirement from the High Court. Before retiring though, he will consult with those affected, their families and other stakeholders on the Public Inquiry’s terms of reference.

David Lidington said:

The infected blood scandal of the 1970s and 80s is a tragedy that should never have happened. We must now ensure it can never happen again.

I am determined that this independent Inquiry will give victims and their families the answers they have spent decades waiting for.

I want to ensure the Inquiry is now established as quickly as possible. I thank Justice Langstaff for agreeing to lead this important work and Government will provide him with all the support he needs.

Mr Justice Langstaff said:

Providing infected blood and plasma products to patients truly deserves to be called a major scandal. I intend through this Inquiry to be able to provide both some well-needed answers to the victims and their families, and recommend steps to ensure that its like will never happen again.

Nothing less than a thorough examination of the evidence will suffice: and the process needs to lead to a full report within the shortest timescales that such thoroughness can accommodate.

Once the further consultation on the terms of reference has taken place, the Minister for the Cabinet Office will confirm the final terms to the House of Commons.

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