APPG on HIV & AIDS welcomes the announcement of a public inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV & AIDS welcomes the Government’s announcement last week of a public inquiry into the acquisition of HIV and other blood-borne viruses through blood and plasma transfusions in the 1970s and 1980s. The APPG would also like to recognise the hard work and determination of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood and the organisations that support it, for their relentless focus on ensuring that those affected are given answers as to how and why the transmission of HIV and other blood-borne viruses happened as part of NHS treatment.
The APPG notes that both the Archer Inquiry and the Penrose Inquiry were not given sufficient statutory powers to ensure that a full review of both oral and written evidence was possible. We look forward to supporting the inquiry while at the same time ensuring that the rights of people living with HIV in terms of consent to treatment, anti-discrimination and disclosure of status are robustly defended. Specifically, and as already noted by the Chair of the APPG on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood, the APPG on HIV & AIDS is keen to ensure that patient consent and notification of testing and treatment, as well as patient access to full medical records are reinforced as central to ensuring that people living with HIV are empowered to manage their own long-term care.