Infected blood scandal victims ‘could receive more than £2m compensation’ | UK News

Victims of the contaminated blood crisis could potentially receive compensation amounts exceeding £2 million, as suggested by the latest government documents.

Found on the Infected Blood Compensation Authority’s segment of the government website, “indicative figures” have been revealed showing possible compensation amounts for individuals affected by either single or multiple infections.

According to these details, individuals who contracted HIV from the scandal might get compensation ranging from £2.2 million to £2.6 million.

For hepatitis infections, compensation could start from £35,500 for less serious conditions and go up to £1,557,000 for the most debilitating illnesses caused by the virus, as per the available data.

If an individual was unfortunate enough to contract both HIV and hepatitis, they might be entitled to an award as high as £2.7 million, based on the data tables.

It is estimated that over the span of the 1970s to the early ’90s, more than 30,000 people were affected by life-threatening viruses through blood transfusions or blood products provided by the NHS.

A recent published report from the Infected Blood Inquiry on Monday concluded that this tragedy could have largely been averted and that there was deliberate concealment of the facts.

The preliminary compensation figures have been disclosed as the government elaborates on the details of the compensatory program, although these are not set in stone.

Cabinet Office minister John Glen emphasized the urgency, stating that definitive compensation will be distributed to the victims before this year concludes.

As an intermediate step, certain individuals will obtain a £210,000 interim payment prior to the year’s end, he shared.

Glen further revealed that family members of those affected will also be regarded as eligible for compensation.

Suggested amounts for family members are also stated. For instance, a surviving partner of an HIV-infected person could be granted approximately £110,000, a child could receive £55,000, and siblings may be given £30,000.

Glen informed members of parliament: “We promise compensation for all those who suffered from this calamity.”

“Once an individual with a qualifying infection is accepted into the scheme, their close ones will have the right to seek compensation on their own terms.”

“This means partners, parents, brothers, sisters, children, and even those who have stood by as caregivers to the infected can stake in their claim.”

“We expect to initiate final settlements before the year wraps up.”

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Glen assured that anyone who is a part of existing support programs will be automatically qualified for compensation under the new scheme.

He outlined that there will be five principal categories for compensation assessment— physical injury, societal effect, self-governing hardship, caregiver support, and economic loss—with several awards given where needed.

The example tables combine potential awards “spanning all categories of compensation.”

Jason Evans, head of the Factor 8 advocacy group, pressed for clearer details on the compensation plan. He noted discrepancies as some estates might receive cumulative interim payments of £310,000 by summer whereas others might not receive anything at all.

Richard Angell, director at the Terrence Higgins Trust, stressed, “The imperative now is to ensure prompt and fair compensation distribution to all those entitled.”

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