- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

LONDON (AP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday apologized to thousands of patients who were infected from contaminated blood during the 1970s and 1980s.

Tainted government blood products and transfusions infected an estimated 2,500 people with the hepatitis C virus and HIV from 1970 to 1991. The scandal has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of Britain’s public health care system.

Cameron’s apology came after a six-year official inquiry was completed. The probe said more should have been done to screen blood and donors in the early 1990s, and that the collection of blood from prisoners should have stopped earlier.

But it concluded there were few things that could have been handled differently, and that once the risk of HIV had emerged, “all that could reasonably be done was done.” It offered a single recommendation: That anyone who had a blood transfusion before 1991 be tested for hepatitis C.

Victims’ families reacted angrily, with some calling the probe a “whitewash.” Campaigners burned a copy of the report outside the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, where the report was presented.

“Hopes were very high that because it had taken so long we would have some answers this time, and I don’t think we’ve had a single answer from what was said in there,” said campaigner Glenn Wilkinson.


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