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Infected Blood Investigation: Those Affected By Tainted Blood Scandal Will Receive Payments If Investigation Calls For, Says Hancock | UK News

The government will pay compensation to those affected by the infected blood scandal if an ongoing investigation recommends it, the health secretary said.

Matt hancock said to Investigation of infected blood that the government had a “moral responsibility” to tackle the problems associated with the scandal.

Mr Hancock said he could ‘recognize the pain and suffering’ of the victims of what has been described as one of the worst NHS treatment scandals in history.

The health secretary also admitted that the victims, survivors and their families never received fair financial support for their suffering.

“So in a way,” he said, “this remedy was not properly considered and people felt their voices were not being heard. And I want to make sure those voices are heard. . “

Health Secretary Matt Hancock at a press conference in Downing Street
Health Secretary Matt Hancock says government has a ‘moral responsibility’ to figure out what went wrong

Some 2,400 people have died after being infected with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.

Survivors and their loved ones campaigned for compensation, a program of fair financial support and recognition that successive governments and officials have failed to deliver justice.

The health secretary told the inquest he understood the suffering that was caused when patients “received a medical procedure, maybe a transfusion, all kinds of different medical procedures which led to huge and terrible consequences for them “.

Des Collins, senior partner at Collins Solicitors – legal advisor to more than 1,500 people affected by the scandal – said: “We urge the government not to lose sight of its obligations to all who have suffered and to those who continue with the matter. of the just reward in bed, once and for all. “

Mr Collins said he hopes other key decision makers – including former health secretaries such as Andy Burnham and Jeremy …

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This notice was published: 2021-05-21 19:21:00