Philip Dayle of No5 Barristers’ Chambers is currently involved in the UK Infected Blood Inquiry, the national investigation into how thousands of NHS patients were given infected blood products during the 1970s and 1980s.
Mr Dayle is acting for four men who contracted HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood products used in the treatment of their haemophilia.
The public inquiry, into what has been described as the worst-ever NHS treatment disaster, opened this week with a commemoration service in honour of those infected and affected by this scandal. The inquiry later heard opening statements from Core Participants, including various government departments
More than 4,500 British men, women and children are thought to have been treated with contaminated blood products, with around half subsequently dying.
Chaired by retired judge Sir Brian Langstaff, the inquiry will seek to establish the truth about how this scandal happened. It will also investigate whether there has been a cover up since these events occurred more than thirty years ago.
Mr Dayle is instructed by Cyrilla Davies Knight of Hudgells Solicitors and led by Karon Monaghan QC of Matrix Chambers.
The UK Infected Blood Inquiry is expected to last for more than a year.