Government loses infected blood vote | Politics Live

Blood: As many as 30,000 people became severely ill after being given factor VIII blood products contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C imported from the US in the 1970s and 80s. Others were exposed to tainted blood through transfusions or after childbirth. On average one person is dying every four days, with approximately 3,000 haemophiliacs having died to date.

The UK’s Tory government has lost a vote on a plan to set up a compensation scheme for the victims of the NHS infected blood scandal.

The plan was to compensate victims of the scandal – but to wait until an inquiry into the scandal has concluded before doing so.

But in the first loss of a whipped vote for the Tory government since the general election of 2019, rebel Conservatives voted with Labour and the SNP to establish a body to administer the compensation scheme within three months of the Bill passing into law.

Buy Cruel Britannia in print here. Buy the Cruel Britannia ebook here. Or just click on the image!

The vote was discussed by Tory Tim Laughton and Labour’s Rupa Huq on the BBC’s Politics Live show.

This Site has discussed the infected blood scandal on multiple occasions over the years – most recently in this article from two and a half years ago.

In it, discussing compensation, I wondered “if any of the victims will see a single brass farthing before they die”.

How said that, so long after those words were written, these people are still waiting.

Vox Political needs your help!
If you want to support this site
but don’t want to give your money to advertisers)
you can make a one-off donation here:

Donate Button with Credit Cards

Be among the first to know what’s going on! Here are the ways to manage it:

1) Register with us by clicking on ‘Subscribe’ (in the right margin). You can then receive notifications of every new article that is posted here.

2) Follow VP on Twitter @VoxPolitical

3) Like the Facebook page at

Join the Vox Political Facebook page.

4) You could even make Vox Political your homepage at

5) Join the uPopulus group at

6) Join the MeWe page at

7) Feel free to comment!

And do share with your family and friends – so they don’t miss out!

If you have appreciated this article, don’t forget to share it using the buttons at the bottom of this page. Politics is about everybody – so let’s try to get everybody involved!

Buy Vox Political books so we can continue
fighting for the facts.

Cruel Britannia is available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The Livingstone Presumption is available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

Health Warning: Government! is now available
in either print or eBook format here:

HWG PrintHWG eBook

The first collection, Strong Words and Hard Times,
is still available in either print or eBook format here: