Haemophilia Scotland have warmly welcomed the Interim Report from Infected Blood Inquiry Chair Sir Brian Langstaff which was announced at the end of the Inquiry hearings on July 29th. The report sets out the rationale for £100,000 interim compensation payments to survivors and bereaved of those infected with hepatitis C and/or HIV.
In a letter to the Minister for the Cabinet Office , Michael Ellis, Sir Brian calls for payment to be made without delay.
Speaking to BBC Reporting Scotland immediately following the Inquiry hearings, Haemophilia Scotland Chair Bill Wright welcomed Sir Brian Langstaff’s ruling and called on the UK Government to act urgently, emphasising the decades of waiting for justice by those involved.
Bill has since added, “Given the history of intransigence and feet dragging, we expect the UK Government to act before the Inquiry reconvenes in September. We have already lost too many people since the Inquiry began four years ago and there cannot be any further delays in the interim compensation recommended for the infected and bereaved.