Cabinet Minister apologises for saying Contaminated Blood Victims received Compensation
Factor 8 has today received a letter of apology from Cabinet Minister David Lidington after he recently told the House of Commons that victims / families of the Contaminated Blood Scandal had received or were able to receive Compensation. This of course, was not true.
The day after the false statements were made, Factor 8 wrote to the Minister and MP’s asking for a correction to be made.
In his letter David Lidington writes:
I did indeed misspeak when I used the word "compensation". I should instead have used the words "financial support'. I am sorry for the confusion and any upset this may have caused. I am happy to make that clarification, and I will ask that the record is corrected to reflect this.
On 15th November Factor 8 sent the below to the Cabinet Office and MP’s
Dear David Lidington,
I am writing on behalf of the members of Factor 8 – Independent Haemophilia Group in regard to certain statements that you made yesterday in the House of Commons that were not true and were misleading.
Yesterday, you told the house inter-alia that:
“different compensation packages have been agreed by the Department of Health and Social Care” http://bit.ly/2PXp3Ww
“each part of the United Kingdom is responsible for its own compensation scheme” http://bit.ly/2QKEHSm
Twice it was said that Compensation was available. This is categorically not true, Compensation is not available.
Last year Ken Clarke made this claim in his autobiography “Kind of Blue” and subsequently removed it after the threat of legal action: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/victims-contaminated-blood-scandal-werent-10854692
I would also like to highlight the following Hansard extracts to you:
(Citation: HC Deb, 9 September 2015, c86WH) Jane Ellison [The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health] “liability has not been established in the majority of cases, so it would not be appropriate to talk about payments in terms of compensation”.
(Citation: HC Deb, 17 December 2015, cW) Jane Ellison [The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health] “As liability has not been established in the majority of cases, therefore it would not be appropriate to talk about payments in terms of compensation”
(Citation: HC Deb, 5 January 2016, cW) Jane Ellison [The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health] “Liability has not been established in the majority of cases of individuals infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV through NHS-supplied blood or blood products, so it would not be appropriate to talk about support payments in terms of compensation.”
(Citation: HC Deb, 4 September 2018, cW) Jackie Doyle-Price [The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health and Social Care] “As liability has not been established in the majority of cases, it is not appropriate to talk about infected blood support payments in terms of compensation.”
It is clear the House was misled on this issue and we would now request that a correction be made, acknowledging that there are no Compensation schemes in place anywhere in the UK for the victims / families of infected blood products.