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Penrose Inquiry urges action on hepatitis C testing

Every person who had a blood transfusion in Scotland before 1991 should be offered a hepatitis C test if they have not had one before, a formal inquiry has found.

The Penrose Inquiry into how hundreds of patients in the country were given contaminated blood sparked anger from victims and families who attended a launch event for the final report today, who labelled it a "whitewash".

It's sole recommendation was an appeal to the Scottish government to take "all reasonable steps" to offer the tests to anyone who might have been infected, but is not aware of it.

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PM apologises to victims of contaminated blood scandal

Prime Minister David Cameron has apologised to victims of the contaminated blood scandal on behalf of the British government.

It comes after the conclusion of the Penrose Inquiry which examined how hundreds of patients in Scotland came to be given blood infected with hepatitis C and HIV during the 70s and 80s.

Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions today, David Cameron said it would be down to the next government to take account of the findings, and added:

It is difficult to imagine the feelings of unfairness that people must feel at being infected by hepatitis C or HIV as a result of a totally unrelated treatment within the NHS.

To each and every one of those people, I would like to say sorry on behalf of the whole government for something that should not have happened.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

He added that the government would spend £25 million into improving the compensation system for those affected.

Both he and Labour leader Ed Miliband vowed to look at the findings of the report as a matter of urgency should they be voted in at the general election.


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Campaigners demand apology after Penrose Inquiry report

Campaigners have demanded an apology after the conclusion of a formal inquiry into the contamination of blood in Scotland.

Bill Wright, of Haemophilia Scotland, called for an apology Credit: ITV News

There were angry shouts from the audience as the final report of the Penrose Inquiry was read out, followed by a speech from Bill Wright of charity Haemophilia Scotland, who said he was among those who had been infected.

This is by no means the end of the story.

When we read this, we were raging too. But there is some daylight we will try to offer you.

Put into context, this catastrophe is bigger than any transport, football stadium, bombing or shooting atrocity, or British disaster at sea.

The difference is that our fate was spread across Scotland and Britain over many years.

Today after 30 years of waiting, is not about broken processes. It is about broken lives. It is about the irresistible case for ministers and politicians to finally act.

Now is the time for an apology.

– Bill Wright, Haemophilia Scotland

Breaking down into tears at one point, Mr Wright said the report was the culmination of "decades of searching for the truth".

Four Hull schools close after water problems

Clarke Carlisle and Deputy PM tackle mental health discrimination in sport

Tackling discrimination in sport Credit: PA

Former Leeds United footballer Clarke Carlise teams up with the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today to tackle mental health discrimination in sport.

Major sporting bodies including the Rugby Football Union, English Cricket Board and the Football Association, have all committed to sign the charter committing to removing the stigma and prejudice around mental health from the world of sport.

The Sport and Recreation Alliance and Professional Players Federation have brought together around 20 organisations, including leading mental health charity Mind.

Carlisle, former chair of the Professional Footballers' Association spent six weeks in a psychiatric unit after he was hit by a lorry in North Yorkshire in December.

Water pressure problems in parts of Hull


Government has 'failed to make convincing case' for HS2

The Government has yet to make a convincing case for spending £50 billion on HS2, according to a report out today.

The high speed rail network, linking the North to London, will be one of the most expensive infrastructure projects ever undertaken in the UK. But the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee says the Government has failed to meet its two man objectives. Lord Hollick chairs the committee.

Formal apology expected to follow 'tainted blood' report

Thousands given tainted blood Credit: PA

The Government is expected to apologise today to thousands of people who were given tainted blood during routine blood transfusions

Glenn Wilkinson from Hull was among them. He contracted Hepatitis C 20 years ago. He is in Scotland today for the publication of a report into what has been described as one of the biggest disasters of the NHS.

The Penrose inquiry has taken six years to complete and a formal apology in the House of Commons to those affected is expected to follow its publication later this morning.

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