07 March 2007
Fresh call for inquiry into Hepatitis C in blood transfusions
Lawyers in Scotland are calling for an inquiry into how hundreds of people contracted Hepatitis C from blood transfusions in hospitals.
The new campaign follows in the wake of the deaths of Eileen O'Hara and David Black in 2003 and comes after previous attempts to lobby for an investigation have been repeatedly rejected.
Mrs O'Hara was being treated for problems with his heart, while Mr Black was a haemophiliac when they were given the infected transfusions.
Aidan O'Neill who is representing the relatives of the dead pair, told the BBC: "In a sense these are representative actions and the court should not close its eyes to the broader context of them.
"What is being complained about is systematic failure, not individual negligence. We do not know, but it appears to be systematic failure," he added.
During the 1970s and 80s it has been discovered that thousands of people were provided with blood contaminated with the Hepatitis C and HIV.
Payments of between £20,000 and £45,000 have been made to sufferers who contracted the virus this way since 2003.