Contaminated Blood and Blood Products

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:14 pm on 24th November 2016.

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Photo of Tim Farron Tim Farron Leader of the Liberal Democrats 12:14 pm, 24th November 2016

The right hon. Gentleman is making some really important points. Does he agree that one area in which the private sector could and should be playing a part is in contributing to the compensation? Is there not an analogy—an off-the-shelf scheme we could consider—in how the thalidomide victims were supported through a composite of public funding and funding from the drug companies responsible? Like the Scottish scheme, that system has introduced annual payments and allowed people struggling with conditions that they contracted because of thalidomide to have some security through their lives. The same could be afforded to the survivors or the loved ones of those who passed away because of contaminated blood.