Advocacy Contaminated Blood UK Government UK Inquiry Westminster

Joint letter sent to Chancellor of the Exchequer

A joint letter on behalf of Haemophilia Scotland, The Haemophilia Society and Haemophilia Northern Ireland has been sent to The Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon Nadhim Zahawi MP, today requesting immediate support and action on interim compensation following the recommendations by Sir Robert Francis QC to the Infected Blood Inquiry.

The letter urges a resolution on two key areas:

  • Issuing an official Government response for interim payments without any further delay
  • Providing a timeframe for budget provisions to meet the compensation levels

Our Chair, Bill Wright, explains: –

“When we were drafting the letter, news broke of the PM resignation. However, we have decided to still send it to place the matter on the record. Unfortunately, as the Government is unable to make any ‘significant policy decisions’ at this time until a new Government is appointed, is extremely unlikely that any statement will be made on compensation including interim payments. Nevertheless, by placing the issues on the agenda for any new Treasury Ministers, we can follow them up as soon as new Ministers are appointed.”

Haemophilia Scotland has also sent a copy of the letter to the Scottish Government and to the Infected Blood Inquiry.

Read the joint letter in full here

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