Tainted blood scandal: Government accused of 'damage limitation' over extra funding as inquiry begins

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A campaigner whose father died from contaminated blood has accused the Government of offering victims “means-tested scraps” as a new inquiry gets under way.

Jason Evans, whose father died in 1993 having contracted hepatitis and HIV, said the Government had failed to accept responsibility for the scandal and was now attempting damage limitation by offering victims more money.

The contaminated blood scandal has been labelled the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS.

Thousands of patients were infected with HIV and hepatitis C via contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.

The Infected Blood Inquiry will start taking evidence in central London on Tuesday. Two previous inquiries have been branded a whitewash by campaigners.

Mr Evans, who runs the Factor 8 campaign group, said a new offer from the Government would equate to less than £900 per person.

He said the Government had failed “once again to accept its liability” in the scandal.

He added: “In a blatant attempt of damage limitation, the Government has today announced a derisory offer of subsistence to some victims on the very day that the Infected Blood Inquiry begins hearing testimony from those infected and affected.

“If the figures in the Department of Health’s own 2016 report are to be believed, the supposed increase today equates to less than £900 per person infected.



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