Contaminated Blood Scandal - Compensation Letter from Sir Brian Langstaff
Today the Infected Blood Inquiry website has published a letter sent by the Chair of the Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff to the Cabinet Office Minister, David Lidington. Some press outlets have today highlighted the fact that Sir Brian’s letter alludes to the call for full compensation to be paid to victims / families of the Contaminated Blood Scandal. Factor 8 of course welcomes the call for full compensation. We are though minded of the reasoning as to why this has never happened despite decades of endless campaigning by many, and it all comes down to one word, liability.
Following our investigations, it is our current conclusion that the British Government (of any colour) will never pay full compensation unless liability is either accepted or established. We do of course believe it is high-time the State accepted liability when it comes to the administration of Factor Concentrate products in the 1970’s and 1980’s and we encourage the call for the Government to accept liability in the face of clear evidence, rather than dragging victims and families through the courts as it is at present.
Below we provide quotations from historical internal documentation conveying the Government’s long-held position and thinking when it comes to the issue of compensation for the Contaminated Blood Scandal.
Although more recent Governments have been less explanatory in this reasoning, Ministers still allude to the exact same policy which remains essentially unchanged.
The above statements span from the 1980’s all the way up to 2018 and covey the same message, without liability acceptance or establishment, there will not be compensation.
This then must focus our minds upon campaigning and working towards liability, not only for compensatory reasons, for which liability is seemingly the prerequisite for this country’s Government’s, but also to ensure that Truth, Justice and Accountability are met.