Government officials have apologized for using a discredited report into the contaminated blood products scandal that left thousands of NHS patients infected with viruses including HIV. Despite assurances that the “inadequate” document would be ditched, a health minister has referred to it this year, the BBC can reveal. The government admits that the document was used for too long. This week it will announce who will run its official inquiry into the scandal. Critics say the whole process has taken far too long and have accused the government of a “whitewash”. Campaigners have always said that the 2006 report – originally billed by the government as an official account of how the scandal unfolded – was misleading and incomplete because original documents had been destroyed. It has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS. At least 2,400 people died after they were given blood products that were infected with hepatitis C and HIV during the 70s and 80s. Thousands of NHS patients with an inherited bleeding disorder called haemophilia were given the plasma products, which came from abroad, including the US. Much of the plasma used to make the clotting treatment Factor VIII came from donors like prison inmates in the US, who sold their blood. Carol Grayson’s husband, Peter, was one of the victims who died. She says campaigners have challenged the Department of Health over its investigations for more than a decade. She told BBC News: “I had to give my career up to care for my husband for many years and I didn’t have my own children because at the time I wanted to conceive, I was told I might infect the child and the advice at the time was, don’t have children. So there are huge implications for families. It doesn’t just impact on one person, it impacts on the whole family.