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UK announces compensation package for blood scandal victims

The UK government announces a compensation package for victims of the infected blood scandal, addressing decades of suffering and injustice.

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  • 21, May, 2024
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UK announces compensation package for blood scandal victims

On Tuesday, the UK government announced it would commence further interim compensation payments to victims of the contaminated blood and blood products scandal. This decision follows a damning report that held successive governments, officials, and doctors accountable for the failures that resulted in over 3,000 deaths.

Minister John Glen informed parliament that these additional interim payments would be disbursed prior to the establishment of the full compensation scheme. “The government will be making further interim payments ahead of the establishment of the full scheme,” Glen stated. He also specified that payments of £210,000 would be made to living infected beneficiaries, providing much-needed financial relief to those affected.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, addressing the issue on Monday, issued a "wholehearted unequivocal apology for this terrible injustice." He assured that comprehensive compensation would be provided to those impacted by the scandal, acknowledging the profound suffering and loss experienced by the victims and their families.

The contaminated blood scandal, which dates back to the 1970s and 1980s, involved patients being infected with HIV and hepatitis C through blood transfusions and blood products. The recent inquiry, chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff, brought to light the systemic failures and the extent of the tragedy, emphasizing the need for accountability and justice.

Victims and their families have long campaigned for recognition and compensation, arguing that the government’s response was both slow and inadequate. The interim payments are seen as a step towards rectifying these historical wrongs, although many advocate for the swift implementation of a full compensation scheme.

The government’s commitment to these payments reflects a significant move towards addressing the scandal's legacy and providing some measure of justice to those whose lives were irrevocably changed. As the full scheme is developed, it is hoped that it will comprehensively cover the needs and claims of all affected individuals, ensuring that such a tragedy is never repeated.

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