Roughly thirty years after the event, a full UK-wide public inquiry has begun hearing evidence from those affected by the NHS contaminated blood scandal of the 1970s and 1980s.

According to the BBC, witnesses gave moving testimony of the distress caused by the realisation that a treatment meant to improve their quality of life had, in fact, threatened to destroy their lives.

Over 4,000 people receiving treatment for haemophilia were impacted when they were given blood contaminated by the HIV virus. Factor VIII, a blood product purchased from American drug companies, came from a variety of sources, some of which were infected with Hepatitis and HIV.

Over 2000 people across the UK are thought to have died as a result of this terrible tragedy and the lives of thousands have been devastated by the loss of family and friends.

It is hoped that, at last, the public inquiry can get to the root of who was responsible and provide victims and their families with some sense of justice.

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