Survivors of contaminated blood scandal fight for Government support

Survivors of the contaminated blood scandal are campaigning for a financial settlement form the Government, after becoming infected with HIV and Heptatitis from NHS blood supplies in the 1970s and 80s.

Live updates

Local victims say Scottish contaminated blood payment ''unfair''

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal have been left angry after it was announced that patients in Scotland would receive part of a £20m handout over the next three years.

A number of haemophiliac and blood transfusion patients in our region were infected with HIV and hepatitis by the NHS back in the 1970s and 80s - inlcuding Melanie McKay from Bridlington, who says that everyone affected should be entitled to any payouts that are on offer.

Melanie Mckay was told aged 14 that she had been given HIV seven years earlier

Hull MP Diana Johnson, chairman of the Parliamentary group representing the victims, says they are 'rightly upset'.

The UK government is currently holding a consultation - and put aside £25m in March last year.

''The consultation will run until April 15. This is a 12-week consultation to ensure that all those who wish to respond have time to do so. Those who read the consultation document will see that there a number of questions on the proposals on which I would welcome views.

I recognise that there has been disappointment that we have not consulted sooner. The outcome of the consultation will be crucial to inform our final decisions about how to proceed and I give the house, and those affected, my commitment that we will proceed as rapidly as possible to implementation thereafter.''

– Jane Ellison MP, Department of Health


Government allocates extra £100m for victims of contaminated blood scandal

Victims of contaminated blood scandal fight on

Victims of the contaminated blood scandal - infected by the health service with HIV and Heptatitis - have told Calendar they have again been overlooked by the government, as they continue to fight for a financial settlement.

They need money to help pay for treatment - and were hoping yesterday's spending review might finally move them a step closer to an agreement. But today they have told reporter Michael Billington they are furious that the chancellor's statement made no reference to their plight

Patients condemn 'whitewash' report into contaminated blood

Patients who contracted potentially fatal diseases from infected blood in the 70s and 80s have described as "a whitewash" the latest report into what happened. An inquiry, published in Scotland, admitted there could have been better screening for hepatitis C but said all that could reasonably have been done to identify HIV was done. The Prime Minister has apologised to those affected - but it's not enough according to one patient from our region who's been speaking to James Webster. His report contains flash photography.

HIV patient 'appalled' by blood inquiry findings

A woman who contacted HIV from a blood transfusion in the 1980s has said she's disappointed with the inquiry into the blood contamination scandal.

The Penrose report released earlier today said that anyone who had a transfusion before 1991 should now be tested for illness.

Melanie McKay says she thought there would be more recommendations:


  1. National

PM apologises to victims of contaminated blood scandal

Prime Minister David Cameron has apologised to victims of the contaminated blood scandal on behalf of the British government.

It comes after the conclusion of the Penrose Inquiry which examined how hundreds of patients in Scotland came to be given blood infected with hepatitis C and HIV during the 70s and 80s.

Speaking during Prime Minister's Questions today, David Cameron said it would be down to the next government to take account of the findings, and added:

It is difficult to imagine the feelings of unfairness that people must feel at being infected by hepatitis C or HIV as a result of a totally unrelated treatment within the NHS.

To each and every one of those people, I would like to say sorry on behalf of the whole government for something that should not have happened.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

He added that the government would spend £25 million into improving the compensation system for those affected.

Both he and Labour leader Ed Miliband vowed to look at the findings of the report as a matter of urgency should they be voted in at the general election.

  1. National

Campaigners demand apology after Penrose Inquiry report

Campaigners have demanded an apology after the conclusion of a formal inquiry into the contamination of blood in Scotland.

Bill Wright, of Haemophilia Scotland, called for an apology Credit: ITV News

There were angry shouts from the audience as the final report of the Penrose Inquiry was read out, followed by a speech from Bill Wright of charity Haemophilia Scotland, who said he was among those who had been infected.

This is by no means the end of the story.

When we read this, we were raging too. But there is some daylight we will try to offer you.

Put into context, this catastrophe is bigger than any transport, football stadium, bombing or shooting atrocity, or British disaster at sea.

The difference is that our fate was spread across Scotland and Britain over many years.

Today after 30 years of waiting, is not about broken processes. It is about broken lives. It is about the irresistible case for ministers and politicians to finally act.

Now is the time for an apology.

– Bill Wright, Haemophilia Scotland

Breaking down into tears at one point, Mr Wright said the report was the culmination of "decades of searching for the truth".

  1. National

Penrose Inquiry urges action on hepatitis C testing

Every person who had a blood transfusion in Scotland before 1991 should be offered a hepatitis C test if they have not had one before, a formal inquiry has found.

The Penrose Inquiry into how hundreds of patients in the country were given contaminated blood sparked anger from victims and families who attended a launch event for the final report today, who labelled it a "whitewash".

It's sole recommendation was an appeal to the Scottish government to take "all reasonable steps" to offer the tests to anyone who might have been infected, but is not aware of it.

Back to top

Latest ITV News reports