Victims of infected NHS blood to benefit from enhanced financial packages
The victims of the infected NHS blood scandal are expected to benefit from £20million of enhanced financial packages.
The additional package was announced by the Scottish Government and is expected to benefit those affected by infected NHS blood and blood products. The package will see an increase in annual support for victims and lump sum payments for hepatitis C victims and also a pension for the spouses. The annual payment of those with HIV and advanced hepatitis C will be increased from £15,000 a year to £27,000, to reflect average earnings.
The payment for those with both HIV and hepatitis C will increase from £30,000 to £37,000 to reflect additional health needs. The spouse of a diseased partner will receive 75 per cent of annual payment. Those infected with chronic hepatitis C will receive a payment of £50,000 lump sum instead of the current £20,000.
Bill Wright, chairman of Haemophilia Scotland that represent the biggest group of those affected by the scandal, described the new announcement as the 'watershed moment' for everyone involved in the campaign. The new package announcement comes following recommendations from the financial review group incorporated by HealthSecretary Shona Robison. The review group was formed after the Penrose Inquiry into infected NHS blood.
Reports showed that thousands of the people were affected by the scandal of unscreened blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. The group was given the responsibility to offer recommendation on how to improve the level of support offered to the victims.