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UK launches enquiry into contaminated blood scam that killed more than 2400 people
British Prime Minister Theresa May has launched a nation-wide enquiry into the contaminated blood scam. This scam had left at least 2,400 people dead in the 1970's and 1980's. The Prime Minister announced this decision on Tuesday morning during the weekly cabinet meeting.

Terming the tragedy as "an appalling tragedy", the Prime Minister also said that it should simply never have happened.

The UK government announced the decision after massive campaigning and lobbying. Also, leaders of six political parties had jointly signed a letter that demanded a fresh probe into what could be termed as 'criminal cover-up' as they alleged that the past governments had fabricated data to make the scam appear much smaller than it actually is.

What was the scam?

In United Kingdom, thousands of National Health Service (NHS) patients were given blood products from abroad which were later found to have been infected with hepatitis C and HIV. As per government statistics, this had affected about 7500 patients in total of which about 2400 died. The blood was mostly imported from the United States where a part of the supply came from drug users and prison inmates who donated blood for money.

The UK government, which has been severely criticised for delaying the formation of the enquiry for so long, has not decided on the structure of the enquiry and has said that the families of those who died because of the contaminated blood will be consulted before it arrives at a specific set of format of the nationwide enquiry.

This inquiry also provides the victims to ask for a compensation, though some of the victims of the contaminated blood were provided compensation after a fund was established to support the victims. But, if the inquiry's concluding report finds out who the actual culprit was, the victims can approach the courts and seek larger compensations.

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