Image Credit: The Hepatitis C Trust
Image Credit: The Hepatitis C Trust

The Infected Blood scandal is an appalling injustice that has denied victims for decades.

The calls for recognition and compensation have gone on far too long, now is the time for action.

I would like to pay tribute to those victims and campaigners who have fought so hard on this issue, including my colleague Dame Diana Johnson MP. In the Labour Party we want to help ensure that justice and compensation for victims and their families is delivered urgently.

The publication of Sir Brian’s final report is an incredibly important moment for victims of this injustice. There is now clear cross-party consensus on the need for urgent action to deliver a final compensation scheme for victims of the infected blood scandal.

I urge the government to set out concrete details on the compensation scheme and put in place firm timelines, to give victims firm commitments on when they can expect to receive substantive final compensation. It is duty-bound to do so.

Thousands of people have died — and are continuing to die — as a result of this scandal. There are many more people all over the country, including my own constituency of Bristol West, who have had to endure the death or suffering of a loved one. Today, my thoughts are with them.

The government must set out clear details on the compensation scheme and a firm deadline for victims immediately.

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