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A Compensation and Redress Scheme for thousands of people affected by the Contaminated Blood Scandal, described as the biggest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS, will reportedly be announced within weeks.

The Contaminated Blood Scandal in the United Kingdom arose when at least 3,891 people with haemophilia became infected with hepatitis C of whom 1,243 were also infected with HIV, as a result of receiving factor VIII blood products contaminated with the deadly viruses in the 1970s and 1980s. It is also estimated that at least 30,000 NHS patients became ill after receiving the contaminated blood products.

Sir Robert Francis QC, was asked to make recommendations for a framework for compensation and redress for people infected after being given factor VIII blood products that were contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C imported from the US, or after being exposed to tainted blood through transfusions or after childbirth. The study by Sir Robert Francis QC looked at options for a framework for compensation for the victims and a copy of Sir Roberts Francis’ recommendations for a framework for the Compensation and Redress for the Victims of Infected Blood can be found at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1081007/Compensation_and_Redress_for_the_Victims_of_Infected_Blood_-_Recommendations_for_a_Framework_-_Sir_Robert_Francis__Final_.pdf

It has been described as the biggest treatment disaster in the history of the NHS and compensation for victims of the contaminated blood scandal could run into billions of pounds after the government commissioned report by Sir Robert Francis suggested thousands of people could receive minimum payments of £100,000 each.

Sir Robert will give evidence about his work to the Infected Blood Inquiry in July 2022.

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