The taintedblood Timeline - what really happened...
"Some haemophiliacs who are HIV positive are now pursuing compensation through the courts and I am advised that this matter is now sub judice."
The Government, in acknowledgement of its responsibilities for haemophiliacs who contracted HIV from contaminated blood products, makes an ex gratia payment to each one (or to the bereaved families) of £20,000 each.
Further capital payments are made in settlement of potential litigation; these payments, which vary in amount according to the recipient's age and family status, total (by May 1993) about £44 million (including £316,000 paid to 158 people who had begun litigation proceedings).
Note: Over a third of the surviving registrants would have been classified as 'INFANTS' at the time of the 1991 settlement payments and, in consequence, received only £21,500 each.
"The Government originally paid £42 million to a trust from which payments are made to haemophiliacs infected with HIV virus, following treatment by the NHS with infected blood products. The Department has agreed to pay to the TRUST any sums required to make payments if the funds already provided prove insufficient."
Background: We should point out that Mrs. Virginia Bottomley, former Health Secretary, had already made the following statement in November 1989: "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." [Source: Verbatim quotation, Hansards Commons Answers, 6 November 1989, Column 449 ]
Note: We have to ask why the Macfarlane Trust continually struggles to balance their finances and why the Department have largely ignored the crux of the detailed MFT Funding Bid and the 2003 Long Term Review? If the Department need reminding of their responsibilities, then they need to read this Written Answer. We know that the Macfarlane Trust cannot meet their remit and are prevented from doing the work they have been charged to do under the terms of their Trust Deeds. So where is the extra funding that was promised by the DOH?
- 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.
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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