Contaminated blood scandal's effects on Treloar's to be highlighted on television

By Surrey and Hants News in Health

In the run-up to it featuring on BBC1’s Panorama programme on Wednesday, Treloar’s has issued a statement about how the contaminated blood products scandal of the 1970s and 1980s affected its students with haemophilia.

A medical centre established at Treloar’s by the NHS to pioneer new blood clotting treatments led to 89 students with haemophilia moving to the Alton school and college to study between 1975 and 1985.

The injections they received caused many to contract viruses including HIV and hepatitis, and 72 have since died.

The statement read: "Treloar’s will be appearing on May 10 as part of BBC Panorama’s programme on the blood scandal of the 1970s and 1980s. The programme will talk about the time when some of our students who had haemophilia were given blood by the NHS which was contaminated with HIV or hepatitis.

"Although no-one has at any point suggested that Treloar’s was at fault, it is a tragic part of our past. It was a very difficult time for our students, their families and our staff.

"None of those affected blame Treloar’s and, in fact, Treloar’s was regarded as a ‘sanctuary’ which gave good education and a positive start in life for so many. Treloar’s staff always acted in good faith, in what they thought was the best interests of our students.

"We welcome the Panorama programme, to which we provided assistance, as the blood products scandal was one of the worst medical disasters ever in the UK and yet it is in danger of being forgotten. It should be noted that the medical centre at Treloar’s during this time was working under the strict guidance of the NHS.

"We have always aimed to be fully supportive of our students and to do what is best for them and we wish all of those impacted by this experience success with their campaign."