A federal inquiry has revealed that blood products infected with deadly hepatitis C were used to treat patients for months in the early 1990s and weren't destroyed for almost three years.
15 May 2003 - 12:00 AM  UPDATED 23 Aug 2013 - 9:01 AM

An independent report commissioned by the government says donors infected with the Hepatitis C Virus were advised they could give blood until a direction stopping the practise in July 1990.

But some people were still allowed to donate until September that year when tests ffor the virus became widely available.

As a result of the widespread national confusion on how the virus should be screened, almost a dozen people were infected through blood transfusions in New South Wales in 1991.