Hundreds of Scottish people given infected NHS blood received extra financial supportStaff Writer | December 29, 2016
Earlier this year, the Scottish Government pledged that people infected with HIV and/or hepatitis C would receive increased lump sums and annual payments.
Public health Health Secretary Shona Robison said:
In tandem, work is now well underway on the new scheme for infected blood support in Scotland, which includes new annual payments for widows and widowers whose husband or wife died as a result of their hepatitis C or HIV infection.
The new scheme, which will be managed by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), is expected to commence in April 2017.
Health Secretary Shona Robison said: "The Scottish Government has worked hard to deliver increased payments for those infected in Scotland through the existing UK schemes this year, despite delays in getting the new arrangements agreed with the UK Government and the existing schemes.
"The changes that were needed were finally processed by the Department of Health and the schemes and I’m pleased to hear that hundreds of people have now received those higher payments. We know that this money can be a lifeline to families across Scotland." ■