Bury MP grills David Cameron in his last PMQs over contaminated blood scandal
Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill grilled David Cameron in his final Prime Minister’s Questions over Government support for victims of the contaminated blood scandal.
Mrs Churchill, who has twice beaten cancer, said for her and fellow cancer survivors the Prime Minister’s legacy is in the ‘personal support he has shown for the Cancer Drug Fund’.
“However, today I would like to ask him to show that same support for those who have been affected by the contaminated blood,” Mrs Churchill said. “Would he please update the House as to whether they too will have a legacy.”
Thousands of people were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV through NHS blood products in the 1970s and 80s.
In response, Mr Cameron announced the Government will spend an extra £125 million on a ‘much fairer and comprehensive scheme’ - guaranteeing all those infected will receive a regular annual payment.
All those with Hepatitis Stage One will receive £3,500 per year rising to £4,500 per year by the end of the Parliament.
For those with Hepatitis C at Stage Two, HIV or co-infected with both, annual payments will increase over the lifetime of the Parliament and will ‘enhance the support for those who have been bereaved or will be in future’.
Mr Cameron added: “Last year I apologised to the victims on behalf of the British Government for something that should never have happened. Today I’m proud to provide them with the support they deserve.”