3rd November 2017 – CONTAMINATED BLOOD INQUIRY ANNOUNCEMENT
Factor 8 today welcomes the announcement that the Cabinet Office and not the Department of Health will be the sponsoring department to the Inquiry into the Contaminated Blood Scandal.
We are, however, dismayed and utterly disappointed that this is where today’s announcement ends. Victims and Families have already waited many months for progress on the Inquiry, having endured a seriously extended consultation which ran unnecessarily for nearly 4 months. We find ourselves in despair that a Chair has still not been appointed and that the Inquiry is still not established.
Victims have died during the consultation period, not even sure whether the events leading to their death would be examined in the legally forensic way necessary to get to the truth, namely a full Judge-led Statutory Inquiry; under the 2005 Act.
We need only look to the fantastic work of Justice Krever in Canada as a blueprint for how this setup so well lends itself to the Contaminated Blood Products issue and can reach meaningful conclusions and recommendations.
The Rt. Rev James Jones endorsed the judge led approach in his report this week saying that Mr. Justice Taylor, “got it right” in the Hillsborough Inquiry by finding a number of failings and making recommendations.
We believe too that a judge-led Public Inquiry will be the only effective way of establishing the truth behind the Contaminated Blood Scandal and that there is no reason for any further delay in the appointment of a Chair.