Wayne David, Labour MP for Caerphilly, has expressed frustration with the Conservative Government’s failure to provide interim payments to those affected by the infected blood scandal.
In a landmark report published at the start of June, Sir Robert Francis QC was asked to make recommendations for a compensation framework for those affected by the scandal. One of his key recommendations was that interim payments should be arranged, of a minimum of £100,000, to those exposed to infected blood in the 1970s and 80s. He further suggested that these payments should be organised as soon as possible. This is because many of those affected are suffering from ill health, with one victim of the scandal dying every four days.
However, last week in the House of Commons, Paymaster General Michael Ellis refused to explain when these payments would begin. Quizzed by MPs, he suggested that there would be no immediate announcements.
Wayne David MP said “It is a disgrace that the Tory Government has been so slow to provide any compensation to those affected by the infected blood scandal. The Paymaster General received Sir Robert’s report on compensation four months ago, yet we are still no closer to receiving an outline of the compensation framework or any interim payments.
This is such an important issue to a constituent of mine, Kirk Ellis of Penyrheol, Caerphilly, who is a victim of the infected blood scandal. Kirk deserves compensation for the appalling way he has been treated and he should have an interim payment now”.
The Caerphilly Observer have also written an article about interim payments for victims of the infected blood scandal. To read it, please click this link: Caerphilly: Infected blood scandal victim hits out at UK Government