Blood: Contamination

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th June 2022.

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Photo of Lord Field of Birkenhead Lord Field of Birkenhead Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether any payments were made to families of those who were infected by contaminated blood since the settlement in 1990, and the opening of the present inquiry into contaminated blood; and if such payments were made, what years they took place; how many payments were made; and what was the total amount paid.

Photo of Lord Kamall Lord Kamall The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The information requested on payments made between 1990 and the start of the Infected Blood Inquiry in 2017 is not held centrally.

Since 2017, support for those affected has been provided through four national infected blood support schemes. In England, the England Infected Blood Support Scheme is operated by the NHS Business Services Authority. Prior to the current scheme, support was provided by five independently operated schemes. These provided a range of lump sums, regular payments and smaller one-off payments to meet the immediate needs of individuals infected with hepatitis C or HIV, those who were co-infected and their families.

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