Blood: Contamination

Department of Health written question – answered on 8th January 2018.

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Photo of Diana R. Johnson Diana R. Johnson Labour, Kingston upon Hull North

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps are being taken to remove the need for bank statements to be submitted in support of discretionary grant applications with the England Infected Blood Support Scheme.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The discretionary payments scheme, part of the England Infected Blood Support Scheme administered by NHS Business Services Authority (NHS BSA), and the criteria under which these payments are made is currently being reviewed.

As was required under the former infected blood payment schemes, the criteria for some discretionary payments may be linked to an individual’s income. One way a beneficiary could demonstrate their income is through the submission of bank statements, although NHS BSA is considering with beneficiaries other possible options as part of the review process.

NHS BSA will try to keep additional information requests to support claims to a minimum.

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