I am urging people to take part in the Governments consultation on reforming the Contaminated Blood Scheme.
The Contaminated Blood Scheme was put in place to compensate people whose blood had been contaminated during a series of failures by the NHS between 1970 and 1991.
There were thousands of people infected with Hepatitis C and HIV by contaminated blood during the 1970s and 80s. Between 1970 and 1991, contaminated NHS blood products caused an estimated 32,718 people to be infected with hepatitis C virus in the course of medical treatment.
Between 1978 and 1985, more than 1,500 haemophiliacs were infected with the HIV virus in a similar way, most of whom were co-infected with hepatitis C as well. Many haemophiliacs were infected at the Royal Free hospital’s unit and many have since died.
The Government is proposing changes to the compensation it provides to both those infected with contaminated blood and the widows and widowers of those infected. These changes are seen by many to be lacking in compassion, especially when it comes to compensation for widows and widowers.
You can take part in the consultation by visiting the Government’s dedicated webpage here.
Or by downloading the form at the end of the consultation document and sending to the following address:
Department of Health
Room 104, Richmond House