Blood: Contamination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 25th July 2019.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment has been made of the adequacy of palliative care arrangements and support in place for the victims of the contaminated blood scandal.

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

The England Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS) does not currently have direct support provisions for palliative care arrangements. EIBSS does however support beneficiaries to manage their health conditions via discretionary one-off payments.

Discretionary one-off payments are a form of financial support that beneficiaries and bereaved spouses/partners may apply for to cover the cost of certain essential, health-related items or services.

Some examples of the one-off payments we support are for home adaptations and repairs to support an individual’s medical conditions, assisting with respite breaks to aid recovery from periods of ill health and supporting the attendance of appointments by providing payments for car repairs and travel costs.

A full list of the items or services currently supported through EIBSS is available on the NHS Business Services Authority website at the following link:

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/support-scheme-members/discretionary-support-scheme

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