Hundreds of people in Scotland were given contaminated blood and blood products by the NHS in the 1970s and 1980s The Prime Minister also confirmed A 25 million of funding to improve financial support for the NHS patients who were infected with hepatitis C and HIV during the 1970s and 1980s. It comes after a comprehensive inquiry, set up by the Scottish Government to investigate what went wrong, called for people who had a blood transfusion before 1991 to now be tested for hepatitis C. The probe, chaired by Lord Penrose, found more should have been done to screen blood and donors for hepatitis C in the early 1990s and said the collection of blood from prisoners should have stopped earlier.