Read a summary of this week’s evidence

Written by Jessica Bomford, May 13, 2022

This week at the Infected Blood Inquiry there was evidence from two doctors who worked for the Department of Health in the 1980s and 90s and from one of the UK’s leading experts on prion disease.

Dr Andrzej Rejman, pictured, worked as a senior medical officer with responsibility for haematology at the Department of Health from 1989 and 1997. During his tenure he was involved in work on the HIV litigation case from 1989 to 1992 and sat in on confidential meetings of the Advisory Committee for the Virological Safety of Blood. Dr Hilary Pickles was a principal medical officer for the Department of Health between 1982 and 1994. She worked on the government’s AIDS unit between 1986 and 1988. 

Professor John Collinge is Professor of Neurology at UCL, Honorary Consultant Neurologist and Director of the NHS National Prion Clinic. He set up the first specialist prion unit in 1996, which went on to become a national service. He is an expert on new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD).

Click here for a summary of this week’s evidence.

Transcripts of inquiry evidence are available here. A weekly summary of previous hearings can be found here.

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