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Infected blood scandal: Victims to get £100,000 by end of month

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About 4,000 UK victims of the infected blood scandal are to receive interim compensation payments of £100,000 by the end of this month.

It is being paid to those whose health is failing after developing blood borne viruses like hepatitis and HIV. It is also being paid to partners of people who have died.

Conan McIlwrath, from Larne in County Antrim, who is among the 100 or so victims affected in Northern Ireland said it was "very much welcomed".

"This is the first compensation that's ever been paid - anything prior has been support," he told BBC News NI.

All victims have campaigned for actual 'compensation' as they have said only this would acknowledge decades of physical and social injury, as well as loss of earnings and the cost of care.

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Source: BBC News, 22 October 2022

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