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Former Liverpool Bishop to meet families affected by contaminated blood products

More than 2,000 people died after they were given contaminated blood products Credit: PA

The man who chaired the Hillsborough independent panel is meeting survivors, and families of people, who were infected by contaminated blood during transfusions in the 70s and 80s.

The Right Reverend James Jones was brought in after hundreds of victims boycotted the inquiry into the scandal. It will look into the deaths of 2,400 people after thousands were infected with HIV and hepatits C.

Campaigners have been fighting for 30 years Credit: PA

Campaigners have been fighting for 30 years for an investigation into how contaminated blood transfusions infected thousands of people with hepatitis C and HIV.

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Greater Manchester Mayor is urging Govt to save the inquiry Credit: PA

The mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, has urged Theresa May to step in to save the inquiry into contaminated blood, as he warned that victims of the scandal could lose trust in the process for good unless it is moved away from the Department of Health.

Burnham called on the prime minister to intervene after weeks of stalemate over the inquiry. Campaigners have said they will boycott the process while it is overseen by the Department of Health, which they believe to be implicated in the scandal.

The Labour mayor was instrumental in securing the Hillsborough inquiry.