THE trust that runs Basingstoke, Andover and Winchester hospitals has said it will look for learnings from the outcome of the national Infected Blood Inquiry.

The national inquiry into infected blood given to haemophilia patients since the 1970s is due to publish a final report on May 20.

Around 30,000 people were infected by contaminated blood products during the 1970s and 1980s after blood products imported from the USA were sourced from high-risk donors like prisoners and drug users.

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Those infected have received annual financial support from the Government, but a final compensation deal has not been agreed.

It is thought that 2,900 people have died because of the scandal.

After years of campaigning, a UK-wide inquiry into the scandal was announced in 2017, led by former judge Sir Brian Langstaff.

Evidence was taken between 2019 and 2023, including from Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (HHFT).

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HHFT, as a successor organisation to organisations which provided care to haemophilia patients in the past, was asked to provide information to the inquiry.

In a trust report it said: “Hampshire Hospitals may be referred to in the inquiry’s final report which is expected to be published on 20 May 2024, and we will, of course, be looking at the report for any learnings which relate to the care we are providing now.”