German Minister apologises to victims of 1993 blood scandal
This article was originally published in Clinica
German Health Minister Horst Seehofer has apologised to the victims of HIV-infected blood transfusions. The Minister said during a Bundestag debate that he "apologised in the name of the federal republic for the federal authorities' mistakes". The statement comes after the publication by an investigative committee of a report on the 1993 blood scandal (see Clinica No 585, pp 10-11). The report says 60% of the HIV infections could have been avoided if the parties responsible had reacted promptly. Only 800 of the 2,000 patients infected are still alive, according to SPD politician Horst Schmidbauer.