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No timetable for infected blood victims' compensation

There is a "moral case" for compensation to be paid to people affected by the contaminated blood scandal, the government has said.

But Paymaster General Jeremy Quin told MPs he could not commit to a timetable.

In August, the government announced that 4,000 UK victims would receive interim payments of £100,000.

Tens of thousands of people contracted HIV or hepatitis C in the 1970s and 80s after being given infected blood. 

In September, modelling by a group of academics commissioned by the public inquiry estimated that 26,800 people were infected after being given contaminated transfusions between 1970 and 1991.

The study calculated that 1,820 of those died as a result, but that the number could be as high as 3,320.

The inquiry, chaired by retired High Court judge Sir Brian Langstaff, began taking evidence in 2018.

The interim compensation announcement in August came after Sir Brian argued there was a compelling case to make payments quickly - saying victims were on borrowed time because of their failing health.

Payments have been made to those whose health is failing after developing hepatitis C and HIV, and partners of people who have died.

But families have complained that many people affected, such as bereaved parents, missed out.

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Source: BBC News, 15 December 2022


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