Penrose Inquiry: report on NHS patients given contaminated blood due

The findings will consider how hundreds of people in Scotland, in the 1970s and 1980s, were given contaminated blood by the NHS.

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Borders victim: Penrose report is 'a total whitewash'

The report into contaminated NHS blood products is a "total whitewash", according to a man from the Scottish Borders who contracted HIV.

Robert Mackie, who lives near Peebles, was one thousands of people accidentally infected with serious diseases during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Penrose Inquiry, which took six years to complete, says people in Scotland should tested for Hepatitis C if they received blood transfusions before 1991.

But that's its only recommendation.

And though it found patients weren't adequately informed of the risks, it says few things could have been done differently.

"Devastated, absolutely outraged, a total whitewash, a waste of taxpayers' money and time, this was an international disaster. Medical and scientific information was out there a lot earlier than Penrose is putting forward in his report."

– Robert Mackie

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