Blood: Contamination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 23rd January 2019.

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Photo of Paul Girvan Paul Girvan Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will urgently introduce regional parity of financial support for victims of the infected blood scandal.

Photo of Paul Girvan Paul Girvan Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Education), Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care,whether it is his policy that the responsibility for the delivery of compensation to victims of the infected blood scandal lies with his Department due to that scandal having occurred prior to the establishment of devolved departments of health.

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

Policy on financial support for people infected by HIV and/or hepatitis C after treatment with blood, tissue or blood products from the National Health Service is a devolved matter.

An Infected Blood Payment Scheme for Northern Ireland was established in November 2017. Information on the Department of Health in Northern Ireland’s scheme is available at the following link:

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/infected-blood-payment-scheme

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