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The Herald – Report on infected blood lays bare ‘gross failures’ say lawyers

The Herald says The report on the infected blood scandal lays bare “decades of gross and culpable failures”, according to a law firm which represented hundreds of Scots affected by contaminated blood.

Thompsons Solicitors, which represented 300 individuals and two charities in the Infected Blood Inquiry, said the “hard-hitting” report set out a number of Scotland-specific failures that led to “so much suffering and death”.

These included, the firm said, failures in Scottish blood transfusion services in the 1980s and numerous “missed opportunities” to remedy the injustices brought about by the scandal.

The blood scandal saw thousands of patients becoming infected with HIV and hepatitis C after being given contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s, with around 2,400 people dying.

Online, the website reports Scotland’s upcoming Women’s Euro 2025 qualifier against Israel on May 31 will be held at an empty Hampden Park due to intelligence about “planned disruptions.”

The away fixture, scheduled to be played in Hungary on June 4, will also take place behind closed doors.

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