Tribunal adjourns to the new year


The Lindsay tribunal investigating the infection of more than 220 haemophiliacs with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood products has been adjourned. The former medical director of the national haemophilia treatment centre, Prof Ian Temperley, was yesterday due to begin his evidence on the inquiry's third phase, on the response of treating doctors to the tragedy. However, Mr John Finlay SC, counsel for the tribunal, said a number of extra documents had been submitted late by various parties for cross-examination.

As a result, he said, it was not possible for Prof Temperley to start his evidence. Judge Alison Lindsay acceded to a request to adjourn the tribunal to January 11th.