17th October 2017 – CONTAMINATED BLOOD SCANDAL INQUIRY CONSULTATION ENDS
Tomorrow (18th Oct) will see the close of the Government consultation regarding the Inquiry into the Contaminated Blood Scandal which was announced by the Prime Minister in July this year.
Since the time of the Inquiry’s announcement it has been our position and the legal position that:
1. There should be a Statutory Public Inquiry under the 2005 Act;
2. The Department of Health should play no part whatsoever in sponsoring or setting the remit of the Inquiry.
3. A Chair should be appointed as soon as possible.
Conflict of interest surrounding the Department of Health’s sponsorship of the Inquiry is particularly obvious in light of the Factor VIII & IX Group Legal Action led by Collins Solicitors. Last month on 26th September a High Court judge ruled the Group Legal Order could proceed, The Secretary of State for Health is a named Defendant.
When taking into account the already prolonged passage of time since the Inquiries announcement, we hope that the Inquiry will now be formally established in-line with the wishes of victims and their families. It has been suggested that the Cabinet Office could be the sponsoring Department and we have no objection to this. Progress should now be made without delay.