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A tribute to our community

Today, on the eve of the Inquiry’s first witness hearings, our thoughts are with all those members of our community who are preparing to relive painful and traumatic periods of their past to ensure that the suffering caused by the contaminated blood scandal is finally heard.

We pay tribute to the courage and strength of everyone who has reached deep into a dark and difficult past in order to shine a light on the human cost of this appalling scandal.

Alongside us all tomorrow will be the memories of those for whom this Inquiry has come too late. We can never forget that more than 2,500 from our community died without being told why and how this scandal happened, and this figure grows every week.

The path to truth and justice is paved with the memories of all those who have died, some of whom spent decades campaigning for tomorrow’s Inquiry.

We applaud all campaigners and groups who, along with The Society, have called for a public inquiry into this treatment disaster for more than 30 years. We hope that as a community, this Inquiry will allow us to pull together with common purpose.

And tomorrow, at last, the Inquiry begins its work. We urge it to listen to the hurt and anger felt by our community and trust that all evidence will be exposed in its quest to uncover the truth about this scandal which has been hidden for too long.

Jess Milton

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