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.

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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.


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