Jeremy Hunt calls contaminated-blood scandal a huge failing of democracy

Jenni Richards QC asked whether a 2012 briefing for new ministers in the health department – “almost certainly” not shown to Mr Hunt at the time – stating, under a heading “Key facts”, hepatitis C and HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection had been a problem in the 1970s and 80s, “before it was possible to screen donors and make products safer”, suggested the contamination had been an “unavoidable problem”.

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