9 June 2020

Consultation on autumn hearings


Inquiry seeks views about resuming hearings

Sir Brian Langstaff, Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, has written to all core participants outlining the Inquiry’s approach to holding safe hearings during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The Inquiry postponed hearings in June and July this year to hear evidence from clinicians and others who could shed light on the policies and practices of haemophilia centres across the UK. Subject to the course of the pandemic and government guidance, the Inquiry is now working towards holding those hearings at Fleetbank House this autumn. 

In his letter, Sir Brian says:

“It goes without saying that any hearings we hold in line with the guidance to protect us all from coronavirus will feel very different. But waiting for the public health context to change would result in considerable delay which I cannot justify in light of the length of time many have already waited for the answers this Inquiry is tasked to deliver.” 

Sir Brian asks core participants to share their views by Wednesday 24 June.

You can read Sir Brian’s letter here.