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Contaminated blood - the worst treatment scandal


in the history of the NHS - the government orders an inquiry.


More than 2000 people died after being given blood products


in the 70s and 80s contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C.


They deserve to be told what went wrong, why it went wrong


and who is responsible for what happened.


Andy Evans, who was infected when he was five and


diagnosed with AIDS at 16 - he's campaigned for this for years.


At the very minimum we were let down.


At the worst, I think there are people to blame for a lot of the


We'll be asking why it's taken so long to bring about this inquiry


President Trump's son releases e-mails appearing to show


he was offered information on Hillary Clinton as part


of Russia's support for Trump's election campaign.


Making work fair and decent - short-term contracts should qualify


for sick and holiday pay says a government commissioned report.


The UN says almost 3000 civilians remain trapped


in the Iraqi city of Mosul, despite claims of victory over


We've a special report on the man whose plight has prompted calls


for more to be done to protect the rights of people


And Johanna Konta is making her bid to become the first British woman


to reach a Wimbledon semi final in almost 40 years.


Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at Six.


An appalling tragedy that should never have happened -


that's what the Prime Minister called the contaminated blood


The government today announced an inquiry into the worst treatment


At least 2,400 people died and 7,500 patients were infected with viruses


such as hepatitis C and HIV, after being given blood


It's been called the worst disaster in the history of the NHS.


Patients trusted the service to deliver safe treatments,


including haemophiliacs needing blood clotting treatments,


but they were given products tainted with life-threatening viruses.


I take one of those in the morning and one of these, both


Andy has had a life on medication because he was given


At the age of five, he was infected with HIV and hepatitis C.


Since then, all he is wanted is answers.


I'm very worried there was deliberate acts


At the very minimum, we were let down.


At the worst, I think there are people to blame for a lot


Much of the enquiry is focused on Whitehall and what was happening


Victims and their families have long argued that senior government


officials were aware of the dangers with contaminated blood


products and allowed patients to continue receiving them.


And after that, they say, there was a cover-up.


A Scottish enquiry by a Judge Lord Penrose,


was dismissed by victims as a waste of time and they showed


An earlier enquiry in England was privately funded


Today, a Labour MP who's campaigned on the issue told the Commons those


affected by the scandal were owed a debt of justice.


They deserve to be told what went wrong.


Why it went wrong and who is responsible for what happened.


The story of the injustice they have suffered also needs to be set out


And a minister citing allegations that medical records were tampered


In light of these concerns, and a report of new evidence


and allegations of potential criminality, we think


it is important to understand the extent of what is claimed


The former Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, who alleged


there was a criminal cover-up says victims were failed


All political parties have let down those who've suffered as a result


And all parties must now put differences aside,


work together and give them truth and justice without any further


And for this campaigner, who has hepatitis C,


there's only one thing which really matters.


Nobody here is going away, we are staying, we're going to fight


Whether that full truth emerges after this long campaign,


will depend on what sort of enquiry is convened and its powers.


And our Health Editor Huw Pym is with me now.


This is decades later, why has this enquiry being announced now and what


can it achieve? Government sources are making clear new evidence has


emerged in the last few weeks, including some published in the


newspaper and the material Andy Burnham was about to publish. That


is the reason. But there is the political aspect to this. On Sunday,


the leaders of the political party opposition parties called for this


enquiry. There was a debate scheduled in the House of Commons


called by a Labour MP to debate the issue. There was a possibility all


the opposition parties might have voted on it. We have new


Parliamentary arithmetic. Just before the debate began, Downing


Street sources indicated the government was minded to set up this


enquiry. It came as a surprise to the Scottish Government, it will be


a UK wide exercise. They said they had no warning. What ever the reason


is, what ever the timings, victims and their families are pleased it is


happening but they will be content unless it does get to the truth.


Thank you. President Trump's eldest son has


published a chain of e-mails about his meeting last year


with a Russian lawyer who's been Donald Trump Junior is told


that the Russian government wants to offer official documents that


would "incriminate" Hillary Clinton and be "very useful" to his father's


presidential campaign Our Chief Correspondent Gavin Hewitt


is in Washington for us tonight. Tell us more about these


revelations? For five months, there has been a shadow hanging over the


trump Administration as to whether there was collusion between the


Trumper election campaign and the Russians. Today, that story got a


whole lot more serious. Last June, there was a meeting between Donald


Trump Jr and a Russian lawyer. Today, we got to read the e-mails


leading up to that meeting. It is worth quoting, the offer was to


provide the Trump campaign with some official documents that would


incriminate Hillary Clinton, which would be very useful to your father.


That is Donald Trump. It goes on, this is obviously very high level


and sensitive information and it is part of Russia and its government's


support for Mr Trump. There is an insight into what Donald Trump Jr


felt about this offer to dish the dirt on Hillary Clinton. He says, if


it is what you say, I love it. How damaging is all this, Gavin? Of


course, it is damaging. Particularly that Donald Trump Jr was prepared to


go to this meeting having received these e-mails beforehand. It also


establishes the Russian interest in influencing the American election.


But I think there are some questions as to the credibility of this


impresario. What where the levels of his contacts in Moscow? And there is


an open question as to what Donald Trump himself knew. But after today,


if you read this text, I think it is devastating and what they will do is


deep in this investigation into what is really now a very serious matter


for the Trump Administration. Gavin Hewitt, thank you.


Workers on short term contracts in the UK should qualify for sick


pay and holiday pay and their employers should make


Those are some of the recommendations in a major report,


commissioned by the government which is calling for


changes to the running of the so-called "gig economy".


Theresa May has welcomed the report, saying it makes a major


contribution to the debate about work practices in Britain.


But she says she doesn't want to stop the clock.


Here's our economics editor Kamal Ahmed.


It was the Prime Minister who made the points, the vast majority of us


spend more than half of our waking hours working. Whether


self-employed, single job or multiple, the world of work has


changed. Appearing alongside Theresa May, Matthew Taylor said it was time


for a reset. Yes, the country has been very good at creating work,


employment levels are at a record, but he said it was time to focus on


quality. National performance on the quantity of work is strong. The


quantity alone is not enough for a thriving economy and a fair society.


We believe now is the time to complement that commitment in


creating jobs with the goal of creating better jobs. This man likes


his job, flexible, no guaranteed hours and few benefits for Uber. I


love to drive my car, I love people. I like to chat to interesting people


and the money and the ratio with my time, it is decent. For Felicity, it


is a different story from the world of 0-hour contracts. It is insecure


because a lot of the problems I had, sometimes if there was a lot of


work, I would work too much I get really tired. What does this new


world of work look like? One point, the majority of us, 63%, are in


full-time work. About 26% are in part-time work and 15% are


self-employed. There are many new ways of working and the enquiry


focuses on two. The gig economy, delivery food drivers, minicab


drivers, there are 1.3 million people in that part of the economy.


And people with no guaranteed hours of work, on 0-hours contracts. There


are about 9005000 people on those. Then, there is what the report calls


the hidden economy. That is the cash in hand payments to your window


cleaner that avoid tax and official records. The report says that is


worth ?6.2 billion a year and should be brought to an end. Mr Taylor said


in his review, much of this new world of work is good work, but for


those being exploited, some solutions. Sick and holiday pay


benefits, a right to enhanced minimum wage because the work does


not guarantee hours. Then there is talk of better enforcement of the


present laws and higher taxes for those gig firms. Paying National


Insurance for the first time, which many of them avoid at the moment.


The question is, will any of this happen? Given the Conservatives lack


one important thing, a majority. You cannot give any guarantees that you


will be able to pass a report like this and the recommendations it has


had through Parliament? I would hope, as I said in my speech, people


will see across the political world, will see the importance of


addressing this as an issue. It isn't just a here and now. It is


about the future of our economy. There seems little chance of


consensus. Labour said the report was a huge missed opportunity,


particularly when it came to not banning 0-hours contracts. We have


to get rid of 0-hours contracts. We have to get rid of the gig economy


and the bogus self-employment which is a wonderful way for a minority of


employers to avoid paying National Insurance contributions. Member this


man, Sir Philip Green? He published a report on government efficiency.


Sir Andrew Deal not, a review on social care, published with a


fanfare of publicity and then gently gathered dust on a shelf. The fear


for this report is, it could suffer a similar fate.


A 24-year-old British man has been killed fighting


against the so-called Islamic State in Syria.


He's said to have died five days ago during the campaign to capture


He's the fourth British man to be killed while fighting


The United Nations say as many as 3,000 civilians remain trapped


in the Iraqi city of Mosul, despite government forces declaring


Skirmishes continue between Iraqi troops and so-called Islamic State.


Those trapped are mostly young or elderly and are thought


to have become separated from their families.


From Mosul, our Defence Correspondent Jonathan


This is an orphan of the battle for Mosul, a baby whose


He was just left at this clinic malnourished


They called him Marino after the Italian doctor


The Iraqi army says there are many more like him.


We actually receive a lot of orphans.


I don't know what's going on out there, I think ISIS or the females


after their husbands, ISIS fighters, they die,


they run away empty-handed so they leave their babies behind.


Iraq's Prime Minister may have declared victory,


but there's still pockets of resistance and streams


of civilians trying to make their way to safety.


They often collect the children of others along the way.


There are dozens of women and children here waiting to be


taken to safety and they're not just war weary, they are weak


If you listen, the only sound you can hear is babies crying.


At west Mosul's main hospital they're just about coping.


They're still having to treat the wounded as well as the weak.


This man is barely alive after being found in the rubble.


This is Galeb who's crying out, "where's my father"?


He only stops when they manage to distract him with a game.


It's difficult to manage him, he is crying, asking for his father,


Something which I can't replace, I can't be his father,


Even trying to identify the dead is proving difficult.


Search and rescue teams are looking out for any forms


of identity as they sift through the debris of war.


Iraq will not just have to rebuild this city,


Too many people with learning disabilities in England are not


getting good enough healthcare or being found the homes they need


That's according to an influential charity leader who was so moved


by the plight of one man that he has written to the Prime Minister


calling for an independent commissioner who can speak up


for people with learning difficulties.


More than 2,500 of them remain in secure units,


that's despite Government promises that they would close.


In one year alone, 50% of all deaths of people with a learning disability


were recorded as avoidable, compared to 23% for


Our social affairs correspondent Alison Holt has been to meet


Ian Shaw and his family whose distressing case


In the front room of the family home in Essex, 34-year-old


Ian Shaw lies quietly, comforted by having his


Ian can't speak for himself, he has learning disabilities,


He also has terminal cancer which his parents believe should


I was told there was no treatment, because it had been there a long


time and they couldn't treat it because it would be too much.


It just wouldn't work, it had gone too far.


The family asked us to tell Ian's story because they believe it shows


how the system still fails people with learning disabilities.


As he grew up, Ian's behaviour became challenging.


When in pain, he'd throw things and bang his head, scarring himself.


In 2007, he was sent to the first of three secure units.


The problem being with epilepsy the secure units were


Because things became out of control, the secure


So once he was there it felt like you couldn't get him back out?


Yeah, it was ongoing. It was from one to the other.


This weighty family file tells the story of Ian's life


It shows his mum raising numerous concerns about levels of medication


There are records of Ian being restrained, as well as family


letters fighting to get him moved to a supported home


It took nine years, but Ian left the last secure hospital in 2016.


Within months, testicular cancer was found.


The family believes in the secure unit early signs were first missed,


Bernadette Adams provided the family with support in meetings


Jan has been saying for many, many months that Ian was in pain


or Ian had infections and she was, you know, on many occasions,


In a statement, the Department of Health says.


"For too long people with learning disabilities have not been treated


equally by the health service and we're determined


It, and NHS England, also insist they are making


progress in improving care and closing secure units.


But not fast enough for Sir Stephen Bubb,


author of two reports examining the problems.


He's written to the Prime Minister calling for an independent


commissioner to speak up for people like Ian.


It's scandalous and very sad the use of physical restraint,


overmedication, seclusion and a serious neglect of health


It's all too typical and it has led me to believe that institutional


care is at root abusive and we must close these institutions


The Government says it has no plans for an independent


But Ian's family want his legacy to be that in future others


A man has appeared in court over an acid attack on a woman


and her cousin on her 21st birthday in east London last month.


John Tomlin, who's 24 and from Canning Town,


is accused of throwing acid at Resham Kham and Jameel Muthtar


Both suffered severe burns to their face and body.


An aristocrat who wrote an online post offering ?5,000


for the businesswoman and campaigner Gina Miller to be run over,


has been found guilty of two charges of malicious communications.


Rhodri Colwyn Philipps, the 4th Viscount St Davids,


wrote the message four days after Gina Miller won a Brexit legal


Philipps, who called his comments "satire",


Our legal correspondent Clive Coleman is at Westminster


Tell us more about what happened in court. Well, people remember it was


just four days after Gina Miller, the businesswoman had won her


historic victory at the High Court forcing the Government to seek a


vote in parliament before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty that


Rhodri Colwyn Phillips, the 4th Viscount St Davids posted on


Facebook, ?5,000 for the first person to... My phone's gone


completely. His post essentially said ?5,000 for the first person to


accidentally run over Gina Miller. He said it referred to her as a vote


jumper, he said if this is what happens with immigrants they should


be sent back to their stinking jungles. In another post he referred


to an immigrant, he again offered money, ?2,000, to a man called


Arnold who turned down the offer of a council house to be carved into


pieces. In court, he argued this all really a joke, it was satire,


political debate. He said that the phrase vote jumper was a statement


of fact and he really tried to brush the whole thing off as something


light-hearted. That didn't impress the chief Magistrate. She found him


guilty of the offence of sending menacing communications that were


racially aggravated and said he should expect a custodial sentence


when he is sentenced on Thursday. Clive, battling with torrential rain


there in London, thank you. At Wimbledon Jo Conta is battling to


make the semifinals. Venus Williams has won her match. Novak Djokovic is


through to the quarter-finals. Jo Wilson has been watching the action.


On Centre Court a British woman in a quarter-final, never mind the rest


of her victory, this progress here had taken her life to a different


level. Every mood, every move is scrutinised.


She first played at Wimbledon as a junior, representing Australia. When


her parents moved to Britain she followed. Gained citizenship in


2012, she is not a product of one nation or a tennis system, but a


product of her own intense motivation. And British coaches soon


saw that. There was one time I came in from the courts outside, I think


it was freezing cold. I think she had six layers on. Outside on


artificial clay court, and her enthusiasm, I just thought it was


great and I said to her father, I said, this is top 5% in the world


material. What Wimbledon noticed this year was a lighter mood. She


brought home-baked treats to practice and seemed to be enjoying


life more. That can change very quickly. Broken in her first service


game. As the rallies boomed inside, roof closed, Konta found her range.


Into a tie-break and the standard ever higher. What would separate the


players? Well, almost nothing. Look at hawk-eye. Fractional. But Halep's


point and soon her set. A crucial moments Konta made more mistakes.


Sad, but true. Adversity is an opportunity for


resilience as they say on the hill. In the second set she kept running,


and kept her composure. But there was no closure and so another


tie-break. Deep breath. Now ex-hale. One set all. And on it went.


Into the third set. She has managed to hold serve in her first service


game in that third set. It stands at 1-1. Already waiting in the


semifinals Venus Williams. Novak Djokovic went through, he was


annoyed Wimbledon didn't schedule his match to finish last night. This


evening, forget the rain, we are going to finish under the roof in


Centre Court. Halep and Konta is into the third kept at 1-1, it


couldn't be tighter. We don't need to ask what the weather is like in


London. Yes the rain has set in for the rest


of the day. It's not just across the Wimbledon area, we have seen rain


powering down across South Wales where this picture is from. The


radar shows the area of rain being pushed eastwards staidily through


the afternoon to the south-east with bright colours on the radar picture


showing where the heavier rain is, heading in to south-east England.


It's not been raining everywhere today. We have had sunny spells


across north-west Scotland. And shower clouds there in the distance.


Tonight the rain band having reached parts of Yorkshire is going to sink


South Eastwards through the night. It will become stranded across


south-east England. Further north and west the weather becomes dryer


with clearing skies, quite a chilly night into rural parts of Scotland


with temperatures getting down to single figures. Tomorrow this rain


band is going to clear out of the way smartly. Then this area of high


pressure building in across the British Isles, that means early


morning rain clears from south-east England quickly during Wednesday


morning. Then the sunshine will come out and we will all see more sun


behind than today. Cloud bubbling up and temperatures near average for


the time of year. So at Wimbledon tomorrow what a


different story. Sunny spells and with light winds it will feel


pleasant in the sunshine. Thursday, more of the same weather on the way.


A chilly start to the day in rural parts. Sunshine through the day. A


few isolated showers are possible. The north-west of Scotland has the


greatest risk of showers moving in and the breeze picking up here.


Temperatures again reaching a high of about 23.


Thank you. Our main story. The Government orders an inquiry into


the contaminated blood scandal, more than 2,000 people died after being


giving contaminated products. That's all from the BBC News at Six. From


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