Contaminated Blood Scandal

Oral Answers to Questions — Finance – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 2:30 pm on 25th February 2020.

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Photo of Pat Sheehan Pat Sheehan Sinn Féin 2:30 pm, 25th February 2020

T9. Mr Sheehan asked the Minister of Finance whether the money he allocated for the people who have been affected by the contaminated blood scandal is being spent in the way that was intended. (AQT 149/17-22)

Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin

As the Member knows, we allocated £1 million as part of the monitoring round for people affected by the contaminated blood scandal. It has been an ongoing, tragic issue for many of the families involved. It was essential, at the first available opportunity, that we demonstrated support for them. The Department of Health has received the money and allocated £600,000 of the £1 million. The Health Minister has assured me that he intends to use the full £1 million.

Photo of Pat Sheehan Pat Sheehan Sinn Féin 2:45 pm, 25th February 2020

Is the Minister aware of how many people in the North have been affected by this scandal?

Photo of Christopher Stalford Christopher Stalford DUP

Minister, a quick response, please.

Photo of Conor Murphy Conor Murphy Sinn Féin

There are figures, and, in consultation with my colleague the Health Minister, I will try to get them to you.

Photo of Christopher Stalford Christopher Stalford DUP

That concludes questions to the Minister of Finance. We move now to questions to the Minister of Health. Topical questions 8, 9 and 10 have been withdrawn.