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Inquiry updates

Our website updates give a weekly summary of Infected Blood Inquiry evidence when public hearings take place.

Week beginning 29 March, 2021, London (remote)

Three days of evidence on Belfast Haemophilia Centre with a two-day presentation from inquiry counsel, Jenni Richards QC, and one day of evidence from Dr Gary Benson, director of Northern Ireland Haemophilia Centre since 2008. Click here for a summary of this week’s evidence.


Week beginning 22 March, 2021, London (remote)

Five days of evidence in the fourth week of the inquiry’s investigation into trusts and schemes. This week’s witnesses were: Ann Lloyd, chair of the Caxton Foundation 2013-15, Nick Fish, administrator of the Skipton Fund 2006-2018 and also assistant to the chief executive of the Macfarlane Trust and the Caxton Foundation, Professor Howard Thomas, director of the Skipton Fund 2012-2018 and trustee of the Caxton Foundation 2011-2018, Mark Mildred, chair of the Skipton Fund Independent Appeals Panel 2006-2017 and Charles Lister, trustee of the Caxton Foundation 2011-2015. There was also a presentation on the Skipton Fund by inquiry counsel Jenni Richards QC. Click here for a summary of this week’s hearings.


Week beginning 8 March 2021, London (remote)

Four days of evidence in the third week of the inquiry’s investigation into trusts and schemes. This week’s witnesses were: Russell Mishcon, MFT trustee 2006-14 and Eileen Trust trustee 2007-18, Alasdair Murray, MFT trustee 2014-16, MFT chair 2016-19, Susan Daniels, independent financial adviser for the MFT, Caxton Foundation and Eileen Trust 1991-2017, Jude Cohen, MFT head of support services 2004-05, Kate Rendle, MFT trustee 2012-13, Sue Phipps, Eileen Trust trustee 1993-2017 and Neil Bateman (pictured), benefits adviser to MFT, Caxton Foundation and Infected Blood Support Schemes. Click here for a summary of this week’s hearings.


Week beginning 1 March 2021, London (remote)

Four days of evidence in the second week of the inquiry’s investigation into trusts and schemes. There were two days of evidence from Jan Barlow, chief executive of the Macfarlane Trust (MFT) and the Caxton Foundation 2013-2018. Roger Evans, trustee of MFT 2006-12, chair of MFT 2012-2016 and trustee of the Caxton Foundation 2012-2016 also gave evidence, as did Liz Carroll, CEO The Haemophilia Society 2014-2020. Click here for a summary of this week’s hearings.


Week beginning 22 February 2021, London (remote and in person)

Four days of evidence on the first week of the inquiry’s investigation into trusts and schemes set up to support those infected and affected by the contaminated blood scandal. There were two days of evidence from Peter Stevens, original trustee of the Macfarlane Trust (MFT) and chair 2000-2007 and former chair of the Skipton Fund, Eileen Trust and Caxton Foundation. Also giving evidence were Ann Hithersay, MFT chief executive 1997-2003 and Christopher FitzGerald, MFT chair 2007-2012. Click here for a summary of this week’s hearings.


Week beginning 8 February 2021, London (remote)

Four days of evidence, primarily from David Watters, former general secretary of The Haemophilia Society from 1981 to 1994. The inquiry also completed its presentation on Newcastle Haemophilia Centre. Click here for a summary of this week’s hearings.


Week beginning 1 February 2021, London (remote)

Two days of evidence from Counsel to the Inquiry, Jenni Richards QC. She gave a presentation on Kevin Slater, pictured left, holding his baby niece, the first person with haemophilia to be diagnosed with AIDS in the UK, followed by one on Newcastle Haemophilia Centre, which will be completed on 9 February. Click here for a summary of this week’s hearings.


Week beginning 25 January 2021, London (remote)

Two days of evidence from the inquiry’s medical ethics expert panel: Professor Bobbie Farsides, Prof Julian Savulescu, Prof Emma Cave, Prof Ian Kerridge and Dr Melinee Kazarian. Click here for a summary of this week’s hearings.


Week beginning 11 January, 2021, London (remote)

Four days of evidence from Dr David Bevan of St George’s Hospital, Tooting, Dr Janet Shirley of Frimley Park Hospital in Surrey and Prof Peter Collins of Cardiff Haemophilia Centre as well as a presentation on Manchester Haemophilia Centre from counsel to the inquiry, Jenni Richards QC. Click here for a summary of this week’s hearings.


Week beginning 7 December, 2020, London (remote)

Four days of evidence from Dr Anna Pettigrew and Prof Ian Hann, formerly of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Yorkhill, Glasgow and Prof Gordon Lowe, former co-director of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary’s haemophilia centre. Click here for a summary of this week’s inquiry hearings.


Week beginning 30 November, 2020, London (remote)

Four days of evidence from Prof Christopher Ludlam, former director of Edinburgh Haemophilia Centre 1980-2011. Click here for a summary of this week’s inquiry hearings.


Week beginning 16 November, 2020, London (remote)

Three days of remote hearings with evidence from three former haemophilia centre directors. Dr Saad Al-Ismail (Swansea), Dr Vivian Mitchell (Leicester) and Dr Paul Giangrande (Oxford). Click here for a summary of this week’s inquiry hearings.


Week beginning 2 November, 2020, London (remote)

Three days of remote hearings with evidence from Prof Eric Preston, former director of Sheffield Haemophilia Centre and Prof Charles Hay, the current director of Manchester Haemophilia Centre since 1994. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here.


Week beginning 26 October, 2020, London

Three days of hearings looking at Birmingham haemophilia centres and Bradford Haemophilia Centre. A presentation was given about the role of Prof Frank Hill, former director of Birmingham Haemophilia Centre from 1976. His co-director from 1983 – 1992, Prof Ian Franklin, gave evidence as did his successor Dr Jonathan Wilde. Prof Liakat Parapia, director of Bradford Haemophilia Centre from 1982 – 2009, also gave evidence. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here.


Week beginning 19 October, 2020, London

Three days of hearings from two former directors of the Royal Free Hospital’s haemophilia centre, Professor Christine Lee and Professor Edward Tuddenham. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here.


Week beginning 5 October, 2020, London

Four days of hearings, beginning with evidence from Dr Brian Colvin, director of the Royal London’s Haemophilia Centre from 1977-2007. There were also presentations on Oxford Haemophilia Centre and St Thomas’ Haemophilia Centre as well as the conclusion of a presentation on the role of Professor Arthur Bloom from Cardiff Haemophilia Centre. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here.


Week beginning 28 September, 2020, London

Three days of hearings, beginning with a presentation about Professor Arthur Bloom and Cardiff Haemophilia Centre followed by two days of evidence from Dr Mark Winter, director of Kent Haemophilia Centre from 1983 – 2011. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here.


Week beginning 21 September, 2020, London

Three days of hearings, beginning with evidence from Lord David Owen and moving on to a presentation on knowledge of risk of infection from blood and blood products. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here.


Week beginning 24 February, 2020, London

Five days of expert witness hearings, plus evidence from the inquiry’s intermediaries. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here


Week beginning 28 October 2019, London

The last week of the first phase of personal testimonies. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here


Week beginning 14 October 2019, London

A summary of the personal testimonies from this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here


Week beginning 7 October 2019, London

The first week of personal testimony hearings following the summer break. A summary of this week’s evidence can be found here


Week beginning 22 July 2019, Cardiff

The final week of personal testimonies before the summer break. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here


Week beginning 8 July 2019, Edinburgh

The second and final week of personal testimony hearings in Edinburgh. A summary of this week’s hearings can be found here


Week beginning 1 July 2019, Edinburgh

The first of two weeks of personal testimonies from Edinburgh. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here


Week beginning 17 June 2019, Leeds

The second of two weeks of personal testimonies from Leeds. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here.


Week beginning 10 June 2019, Leeds

The first of two weeks of personal testimonies from Leeds. A summary of this week’s inquiry hearings can be found here


Week beginning 3 June 2019, London

A summary of this week’s personal testimonies from London can be found here


Week beginning May 20 2019, Belfast

This week’s hearings took place in Belfast. A summary of this week’s personal testimonies can be found here.


Week beginning May 7 2019, London

A summary of this week’s personal testimonies can be found here.


Week beginning April 30 2019, London

The inquiry gets underway. The first evidence given is from people infected and affected by the contaminated blood scandal. A summary of this week’s personal testimonies can be found here