Des Collins reflects on the Infected Blood Inquiry (IBI)
One of Boris Johnson’s last acts as Prime Minister was to announce interim payments of £100,000 to those infected with Hepatitis C, HIV or both as a result of treatment with infected blood products. Only those who are infected and still alive will receive a payment. Some bereaved widows who are registered with relevant support schemes will also benefit, but most bereaved families are completely excluded.
The payments will delivered by the end of October – and are, of course, extremely welcome by those in scope. Yet, while this is an important development in the long battle for justice in the infected blood scandal – and the words in the Government’s accompanying press release suggest the t...