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Victim of contaminated blood scandal Bob Brennan asks on his deathbed: ‘How did they get away with it?’

PUBLISHED: 06:49 22 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 22 July 2017

Bob Brennan and his wife Kim at Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich. Photo: Bob Brennan

Bob Brennan and his wife Kim at Priscilla Bacon Lodge in Norwich. Photo: Bob Brennan

Bob Brennan

Ten days after the prime minister announced an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal, one Norfolk victim speaks out from his hospital bed.

•Contaminated blood probe hits problems

The inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal has already hit a roadblock - just days after it was announced by the prime minister.

Theresa May ordered a full inquiry last week into how contaminated blood products which infected thousands of people with Hepatitis C and HIV were given to patients in the 1970s, 80s and 90s.

The move was welcomed by campaign groups and victims who had been calling for a full, independent inquiry for years.

But all the major campaign groups boycotted the inquiry’s first consultation meeting because of the involvement of the Department of Heath.

They blame the Department for years of cover-ups and feel it should not be involved in the inquiry.

Labour MP Diana Johnson, who has been a key campaigner, said allowing the department to be involved was like “asking South Yorkshire police to lead an inquiry into the Hillsborough disaster”.

Health minister Jackie Doyle-Price responded by saying the government was “very much in listening mode”.

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