UK inquiry calls for immediate payouts to victims of contaminated blood

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LONDON (TBEN) – The head of an investigation into a contaminated blood scandal that killed 2,400 people in Britain urged the government to immediately pay the survivors and next of kin at least £100,000 ($120,000) in compensation Pay.

The government said on Saturday it would consider the recommendation “with the utmost urgency”.

Thousands of hemophiliacs and other hospital patients were infected with HIV or hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s through contaminated blood products, largely imported from the United States. The situation has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of the UK healthcare system.

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Brian Langstaff, a retired judge presiding over the investigation, said on Friday that payments to the more than 2,000 partners and survivors should not wait for his long-term investigation to be completed because of the “deep physical and mental suffering” caused by the tragedy.

The contaminated blood was linked to stocks of a coagulant called Factor VIII, which British health services bought from the US. blood samples.

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After years of campaigning by victims, an investigation was launched in 2019. A final report is expected next year.

Three former UK health secretaries – Labor’s Andy Burnham and Conservatives Jeremy Hunt and Matt Hancock – urged the government to heed Langstaff’s recommendation.

Successive governments, of which I was a part, have not acted as quickly as they should have, and we must recognize this as a terrible, terrible injustice,” Hunt said.

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