Factor 8 Alert: Scotland Hepatitis C Tainted Blood Probe Gets OK
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Last month the Japanese government announced that it would compensate tainted blood victims in Japan. Now from Scotland comes the announcement of a government inquiry into tainted blood infections there.... For years, victims have been fighting for an official inquiry (they ever protested against former president Bill Clinton's visit to Glasgow in 2006 as reported by the BBC.) Hopefully, the victims will get some answers....
Both Japan and the United Kingdom received blood and blood products from Arkansas prisons.
Tell your friends what happened... Remember, people are still dying.
Hepatitis C Tainted Blood Probe Gets OK
Feb 6 2008 By Natalie Walker
Glasgow Daily Record
AN INQUIRY will finally be launched into Scotland's tainted blood scandal.
It follows a judge's ruling yesterday which overturns a 2006 refusal to investigate the deaths of two Scots from hepatitis C.
Lord Mackay of Drumadoon found that government ministers and the Lord Advocate had acted in a way "incompatible" with the human rights of Eileen O'Hara and Rev David Black.
Both died in 2003. They were among the thousands of patients given contaminated blood in the 70s and 80s.
The previous Labour administration had refused to hold an inquiry into the deaths, saying "no further practical lessons" could be learned. But following the Court of Session ruling, the SNP repeated their vow to set up an investigation.
Eileen O'Hara's two daughter's welcomed a "major step" in their fight for justice.
Annette O'Hara, 39, of Bishopbriggs, near Glasgow, said: "We are delighted that at last we get an opportunity to find answers to the questions we've had for many years."
Her sister Roseleen Kennedy, 42, of Scotstoun, Glasgow, said: "This has been about finding out the truth."
Eileen, who died aged 72, received contaminated blood during heart surgery.
David, a haemophiliac, died at the age of 66, from liver cancer caused by hepatitis C.
Solicitor advocate Frank Maguire, who acted for their families, said there were an estimated 4000 victims of contaminated blood in Scotland.
He warned that many of them would not even know they have hepatitis C, adding: "Nothing has been really done about tracing people."
Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini and ministers are expected to make an announcement within weeks.
Health secretary Nicola Sturgeon said: "The new administration has made clear we're committed to establishing a public inquiry."
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