'I wasn't responsible for blood products as Health Secretary, Lord Ken Clarke tells Infected Blood Inquiry saying there wasn't much for the DoH to do because 'the blood transfusion service ran itself' | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

'I wasn't responsible for blood products as Health Secretary, Lord Ken Clarke tells Infected Blood Inquiry saying there wasn't much for the DoH to do because 'the blood transfusion service ran itself'

Ken Clarke has said he was 'not responsible' for blood products during his time as health minister in the early days of the infected blood scandal, an inquiry has heard.

Lord Clarke said the emerging controversy surrounding the blood products was something that 'hardly ever came across my desk' as he was dealing with policies such as closing 'old Victorian asylums' or getting rid of 'old geriatric hospitals'.

The inquiry was told that when he arrived as a health minister, blood products was 'a very specialist, usually quiet, harmless, subject' and that 'the blood transfusion service ran itself'.

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