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Infected blood inquiry scandal live: Victims betrayed by cover-up, inquiry says – BBC News

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Former prime minister Theresa May was the one who, under political pressure, ordered the public inquiry in 2017.

Addressing MPs, she calls the scandal a “devastating and abject failure of the British state”, saying medical professionals, civil servants and politicians all thought their job was to protect their own reputation rather than look after the public they were there to serve.

She asks whether the PM will “commit himself unashamedly” to ensure all those in government recognise their job is to serve the public and not protect themselves.

The prime minister says there’s no doubt the inquiry came too late and “the consequences of those failures are stark”.

He assures her his government will study every single recommendation “in detail” to make sure that “nothing like this” ever happens again.