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I was not responsible for blood products as minister, Lord Clarke says

Lord Clarke tells the Infected Blood Inquiry he was “not responsible” for blood products during his time as health minister in the early days of the infected blood scandal. Lord Clarke, who was a health minister from 1982 to 1985, said the emerging controversy surrounding the blood products was something that “hardly ever came across my desk” as he was dealing with policies such as closing “old Victorian asylums” or getting rid of “old geriatric hospitals”. He is appearing in front of the Infected Blood Inquiry this week to give evidence surrounding the scandal, which emerged in the 1980s and saw thousands diagnosed with HIV/Aids and/or hepatitis after receiving blood product treatments for haemophilia.
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