Infected Blood Inquiry – Preliminary Hearings

The Infected Blood Inquiry

The Inquiry will examine why men, women and children in the UK were given infected blood and/or infected blood products; the impact on their families; how the authorities (including government) responded; the nature of any support provided following infection; questions of consent; and whether there was a cover-up.


Preliminary Hearings

BBC News at Ten : 24th September 2018 – The Infected Blood Inquiry A full round up of the first day of Preliminary Hearings at the Infected Blood Inquiry at Church House, Westminster, London BBC Health Editor, Hugh Pym explains the scale of the Inquiry.


The Infected Blood Inquiry : Day 1 – Monday 24th September 2018

This video was made by a group of volunteers and long-time campaigners, working together with a creative team. It was shown at the start of the preliminary hearings of the Infected Blood Inquiry at Church House in London.

Opening statements were made by the Chair of the Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, and Jenni Richards QC, Lead Counsel to the Inquiry.


Mark Ward: Founder of Haemosexual & Haemosexual Australia, Tainted Blood Campaigner, HIV & Equality Activist as well as long term surviving haemophiliac.

Read Mark’s Bio here: Mark Ward – Media Bio 2018

BBC One Breakfast : Monday 24th September 2018

The Infected Blood Inquiry officially began today.

Dan Walker and Louise Minchin are joined by victim and campaigner Mark Ward, who talks about his hopes and thoughts for the Inquiry.


BBC Radio Surrey : Tuesday 25th September 2018

Danny Pyke talks to Mark Ward from the second day of Preliminary Hearings at the Infected Blood Inquiry.



Following his appointment as Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff and the Inquiry Team conducted a consultation on the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference. This consultation generated nearly 700 responses.


These were considered by the Inquiry Team and informed the recommended Terms of Reference that Sir Brian submitted to the Minister for the Cabinet Office.

The Minister accepted the Terms of Reference as recommended by Sir Brian. This announcement in Parliament formally established the Inquiry and meant the Inquiry could begin its investigative work.


Talk to us

If you’ve been affected or have any information we want to hear from you. 

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