A VICTIM of the infected blood scandal, has told a new inquiry that there should be compensation for all those who suffered.

Colette Wintle, who has haemophilia, was infected with hepatitis C twice and hepatitis B through contaminated blood products, in hospitals in Scotland, Kent and London in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Infected Blood Inquiry is looking into what has been called “the worst treatment scandal” in NHS history.

Mrs Wintle - a key participant in the inquiry which is being chaired by retired judge Sir Brian Langstaff - was recently called to give evidence in Central London.

In a written statement, Mrs Wintle said: “My health has deteriorated constantly over many decades.

“I now have cirrhosis of the liver, in addition to other medical conditions which have arisen due to chronic long-term illness and subsequent damage to my liver which is irreversible.”

After giving evidence, Mrs Wintle told the Worcester News the process had been cathartic as she had being able to voice how the scandal had impacted on her life.

“For me this is the third inquiry, but there are people who have never had the chance before,” she said.

“The British public should know what has happened.

"Those responsible need to be held accountable. It is inexcusable what took place.”

The 59-year-old, from Martley, said she still has concerns it will be “another whitewash,” but remained hopeful that at the end of the expected three year inquiry, recommendations will be made including that victims would get recompense similar to how the Irish Government has compensated victims.

The inquiry is now set to tour the country, hearing similar testimonies from other victims.

About 5,000 people with haemophilia and other bleeding disorders are believed to have been infected with HIV and hepatitis viruses over a period of more than 20 years - with around half having since died.

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