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Medical records were destroyed in infected blood cover-up, inquiry hears

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (Published 27 September 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k4108
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

The UK government engaged in a cover-up and in some cases the NHS altered or destroyed the medical records of patients who received blood products infected with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s, the public inquiry into the saga was told in a preliminary hearing.

Lawyers representing core participants affected by the use of contaminated blood or blood products outlined the allegations as the first UK-wide public inquiry into the matter with power to compel witnesses opened for a three day initial hearing.

In what has been described as the worst treatment disaster in the NHS, thousands of people with haemophilia and others received blood products infected with the viruses. For several years after …

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