After an emergency debate in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered an independent inquiry into the cover up, termed “Industrial Scale” by former Health Minister Andy Burnham.

Research by the national charity www.thetruthabouthepc.org.uk, a division of The Hepatitis B Trust, has uncovered papers that prove that experts of the Eighties studied and accepted reports of 22,000 hepatitis C infections per annum from contaminated transfusions. In 1986 a Dr Gunson reported to the executive leadership of the UK Blood Transfusion Service that at least 2 to 3% of UK transfusions and major operations transmitted the virus from 1970 to 1985, the period exactly matched the time of harvesting blood wholesale from UK prisons.

"At least 2 to 3% of UK transfusions and major operations transmitted the virus from 1970 to 1985."

The Gunson Report further explained that this infection rate would cause 900 annual cases of end stage liver disease or liver cancer to develop in the recipients.  Such infection rates would suggest 250,000 contaminated blood infections from 1970 to 1991 when the supply was cleaned up and explain why so many key documents have “disappeared” and the Department of Health has been uniquely slow to look back test its surgery/transfusion patients of the infectious era.

 

'Lost' evidence

 

Paul Desmond of the hepatitis B Trust who uncovered the report said, “The truth was always going to emerge on this, as fast as the Department of Health has “accidently” lost evidence and two entire sets of related ministerial papers. More and more people are presenting with cirrhosis and liver cancer which have inexplicably tripled over the last 30 years, even in a time of falling alcohol use.”

"The period of infection exactly matched the time of harvesting blood wholesale from UK prisons."

“How can we believe that the only Health Service that lost all the proof and refused to test its patients had a blood supply 10 to 20 times purer than the rest of mainland Europe and the Americas? How can we believe that the last developed nation to cease using prison blood or make use of other blood tests that showed hepatitis C could be present was so uniquely low on infections? The fact is 600,000 people had hepatitis c in 1986 after prison blood use and spin doctors have artfully hidden the number.”

 

We have the ability to cure hepatitis B and C

 

“The array of surviving medical studies we have unearthed all show transfusions and many common operations to be 1 in 40 infectious for hepatitis c from 1970 to 1985. Did not every patient put at such terrible risk have a human right to a warning and a prompt safety test as in most other developed nations? The truth needs to come out, we have the ability to cure and manage hepatitis B and C, there are hundreds of thousands of people out there with undiagnosed hepatitis B and C right now, infected often by healthcare from here and also overseas, it is time to stop letting them die due to a lack of honesty and testing.”

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