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Editorial comment: Blood scandal campaign fights on

PUBLISHED: 12:00 14 February 2018

Vincent Farrugia, Angela Farrugia, Madeleine Farrugia and Tony Farruigia. Picture: POLLY HANCOCK

Vincent Farrugia, Angela Farrugia, Madeleine Farrugia and Tony Farruigia. Picture: POLLY HANCOCK

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It has been a long, hard slog for campaigners involved in the monumental bid to get answers - and compensation - for victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

But within months a public inquiry will be headed by High Court judge Mr Justice Langstaff.

He has promised a “thorough examination of the evidence” in his endeavour and that’s exactly what’s needed.

A forensic look- if you like - at how this terrible national tragedy was allowed to happen not so many years ago.

Relatives of victims like Barry Farrugia and Brenda Buzer need answers and should have had them a long time ago.

They’ve bravely told their stories in the Barking and Dagenham Post in a bid to get justice. Their loved ones have passed away but it’s not too late for others and not for the heartbroken relatives of victims who live with the loss every single day.

Sadly with every delay, as a spokesman for campaign group Tainted Blood said, more and more victims die.

This is not a campaign solely about compensation. Victims should rightly be compensated and if not the relatives left behind should be but this goes much deeper. For too long government resisted delving in to this, worried about what they might find.

I mean who on earth would sign off on a policy where our NHS would take tainted blood from abroad?

Were there no checks and balances and if, as many believe, tainted blood was knowingly allowed to become part of our healthcare system surely the road ends with criminal charges?

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