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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."
Eileen Trust Formed
The Eileen Trust is established out of funds provided by the Secretary of State to support people who have become HIV positive because of NHS treatment, transfusions or needlestick injury.
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