The Inquiry has published a report by the Health Economics Expert Group. The report gives the group’s analysis of the societal impact of infected blood and blood products.
The report chronicles and quantifies the health and economic consequences of infected blood and blood products in the United Kingdom from 1970 to the present time.
The report includes a qualitative analysis of the impacts on the lives of individuals and their families of infected blood and blood products in the United Kingdom, and quantitative analysis of the economic and health costs of infection and its consequences from a societal perspective.
For the quantitative analysis, the group developed a statistical model to estimate the health and economic impacts, as far as can be estimated from the available published data.
However, due to lack of data and other difficulties, the analysis is unable to fully capture all aspects of economic disadvantage and hardship experienced as a consequence of the use of infected blood and blood products.
As the expert group will not have the opportunity to give oral evidence to the Inquiry, the report includes a note from Counsel to the Inquiry to contextualise its findings.
The full report can be read here.