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Macfarlane Trust Formed
The government agrees funding for the Macfarlane Trust charity to assist haemophiliacs who contracted HIV from contaminated blood products.
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Mrs. Virginia Bottomley - Government Not Closed to Further MFT Funding
Mrs. Virginia Bottomley, Health Secretary: "The £10 million that the Government provided to set up the Macfarlane Trust was an ex-gratia payment
and not compensation
. I understand that the trust funds are not yet fully committed, but, as we made clear when the £10 million grant was announced, we shall not be closed to any representations about further funding which may be made at a later date."
"Some haemophiliacs who are HIV positive are now pursuing compensation through the courts and I am advised that this matter is now sub judice."
Mr. Freeman MP - Ex-gratia Payment
Mr. Freeman: "The Government have already provided an ex-gratia payment of £10 million to set up the Macfarlane Trust to meet the special needs of haemophiliacs infected with HIV and their dependants. Claims for compensation are now being pursued through the courts and I am advised these matters are sub judice."
Confusion Over Total Amount Already Paid Via the Macfarlane & Eileen Trusts
In a Written Answer of Wednesday, 7 June 2006, with the subject heading HIV/AIDS (Blood Transfusions), there appears to be some confusion over the total amount already paid via the Macfarlane (MFT) and Eileen Trusts:
- Pete Wishart (Perth & Perthshire North, Scottish National Party): To ask the Secretary of State for Health how much compensation has been paid by the UK Government to those who contracted HIV through blood transfusions. 
- Caroline Flint (then Minister of State for Public Health, DOH): Up to March 2006, the United Kingdom Government have distributed a total of £39,787,617 via the Macfarlane and Eileen Trusts, to those who contracted HIV infection from blood transfusions or from treatment with blood products.
We have to take issue with the above use of the word 'compensation'. No 'compensation' has ever been paid - that would require an acceptance of liability as compensation schemes tend to arise in circumstances where responsibility has been admitted.
Background: We have to wonder whether the DOH are confused and ignorant as to how much the Trusts have received over the years. On 10th April 2003, Mr Hutton quoted £42 million as a total figure: "The Government originally paid £42 million to a trust from which payments are made to haemophiliacs infected with HIV virus...". Why then, over 3 years later, do we find a discrepancy of over 2 million?
Note: The Department goes to great pains to portray that they have every sympathy with our position, however, their SINCERITY is perhaps questionable when they appear to have no idea how much they've paid out and that they regard the matter of contaminated blood as having been dealt with legally; as demonstrated to us by their belief that the haemophilia community has received 'compensation'.
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