During the 1970s and 1980s, thousands of people (the precise number remains unknown) in the UK were infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV by blood products administered to them, in most cases in order to treat haemophilia. Many have died and the lives of many others have been profoundly affected. Known as the contaminated blood scandal, it has been regarded as one of the most significant adverse public health events in the United Kingdom.

Matthew Hill and Michael Deacon have been appointed as Junior Counsel to the Inquiry.

In July of last year the Prime Minister announced a public inquiry into these events, now named the Infected Blood Inquiry, and the Inquiry commenced yesterday, 24 September 2018.

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