Infected blood victims had ‘incredibly bad luck’, Sir John Major tells inquiry | ITV News

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Thousands of victims of the infected blood scandal suffered “incredibly bad luck”, former Prime Minister Sir John Major has said.

The former MP for Huntingdon was asked during a hearing of the Infected Blood Inquiry about correspondence within government when it became apparent that compensation for victims of the scandal would be needed.

The infection of up to 30,000 people with HIV or hepatitis C from contaminated blood has been called the biggest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.

Read more here: https://www.itv.com/news/meridian/2022-06-27/infected-blood-victims-had-incredibly-bad-luck-sir-john-major-tells-inquiry

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