Infected blood inquiry: victims should receive £100,000 each ‘without delay’

The victims of the contaminated blood scandal should receive at least £100,000 in compensation each “without delay”, the chairman of the infected blood inquiry has recommended.

With more than 4,000 surviving victims of the scandal, the compensation payment is expected to reach at least £400m.

Sir Brian Langstaff, the chair of the inquiry, published a report regarding the compensation on Friday.

The infected blood inquiry was established in order to look at the circumstances in which patients treated by the NHS in the 1970s and 1980s received infected blood and/or blood products. At least 2,400 people died after contracting HIV or hepatitis C as a result of the blood products.

The inquiry is also investigating the impact on their families, how the authorities responded and the care and support provided to those infected and affected such as their families, loved ones and carers.

More to follow …

The Guardian