England Infected Blood Support Scheme

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 4th March 2020.

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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 and Social Care, if he will place in the Library (a) the present and previous versions of the (i) memorandum of agreement and (ii) scheme rules for the England Infected Blood Support Scheme, (b) the financial allocations (i) made and (ii) planned to be made to the England Infected Blood Support Scheme in (A) 2019-20, (B) 2020-21 and (C) 2021-22, (c) the accounts of the England Infected Blood Support Scheme for (i) 2017-18 and (ii) 2018-19 and (d) the (i) manuals, (ii) rules of procedure, (iii) guidance documents and (iv) other internal documents provided to staff working for the England Infected Blood Support Scheme in relation to managing claims made by victims of the Infected Blood scandal; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Nadine Dorries Nadine Dorries The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Government established the England Infected Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS) in 2017 to provide dedicated ex-gratia financial and non-financial support to people infected by HIV and/or hepatitis C through treatment with National Health Service-supplied blood or blood products, and their affected families. This scheme is currently administered by the NHS Business Services Authority.

Copies of the Department’s memorandum of understanding and service specification with the NHS Business Services Authority to administer EIBSS, the formal financial allocation letters for years 2018/19 and 2019/20 and the EIBSS annual report, including financial summaries, for years 2017/18 and 2018/19 are attached. The allocation for the financial year 2021/22 is yet to be agreed.

All the background information used by EIBSS to administer the scheme is available on the NHS Business Services Authority website at the following link:

https://www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/england-infected-blood-support-scheme

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