Blood: Contamination

Department of Health written question – answered on 19th July 2017.

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Photo of Andrea Jenkyns Andrea Jenkyns Conservative, Morley and Outwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the blood contamination scandal, what the distinction is between (a) compassionate ex-gratia payments and (b) compensation.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Government set up ex-gratia payment schemes on a compassionate basis, as liability has not been established. Compensation is paid on the basis of legal liability.

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