The Prime Minister, The Rt. Hon David Cameron MP (Con), was asked about his commitment to deal with the contaminated blood issue as a matter of priority by Huw Irranca-Davies MP (Lab) at today’s Prime Ministers’ Questions.
On the day the Penrose Inquiry was published David Cameron said,
No amount of money can ever fully make up for what did happen, but it is vital that we move as soon as possible to improve the way that payments are made to those infected by this blood. I can confirm today that the Government will provide up to £25 million in 2015-16 to support any transitional arrangements to a better payments system. I commit that, if I am Prime Minister in May, we will respond to the findings of this report as a matter of priority.
Today’s response seem to mark a change in emphasis from providing support for transitional arrangement to providing help for families.
In today’s answer David Cameron said,
…we’ve made available £25 million to help those families and there will be a full statement, by the Government, before the summer recess, to make sure we deal with this in the best way we possibly can.
Haemophilia Scotland has written to the Prime Minister twice to ask him to clarify how this £25 million will be spent. We know some of those affected by the disaster in Scotland are facing severe hardship. If any interim payment is to be made using this money then it needs to be done as a matter of urgency. However, it is clear that £25 million is nowhere near sufficient to fund a fair settlement.