Contaminated Blood Campaign in Scotland
In the 1970’s and 1980’s hundreds of people in Scotland with bleeding disorders, such as Haemophilia, were infected with Hepatitis C after receiving NHS treatment with contaminated blood products.
The Penrose Inquiry concluded 478 people with bleeding disorders were infected with Hep C. Of these at least 60 were also infected with HIV. Many of those who were infected were children. Just 251 of those infected with Hepatitis C are alive today and just 20 of those with HIV have survived. There are 478 bleeding disorders families in Scotland who have either lost a loved one to this disaster or are living with the infections or their aftermath.
The Penrose Inquiry also concluded that 2,500 people who received blood transfusions in this period were also infected. There are 471 survivors of blood transfusion infection in Scotland. Nobody knows how many more undiagnosed cases there are. The only recommendation of the Penrose Inquiry is that renewed efforts should be made to find them and a Short Life Working Group has been established to take that forward.
For decades people affected by this disaster in Scotland have campaigned together. On these pages you can read about what they have achieved.
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