Opponents argue that the government’s denial of a novel compensation scheme for individuals affected by the NHS-infected blood scandal would place it “on the wrong side of history.”
In the 1970s and 1980s, thousands perished as a result of receiving contaminated blood products for treatment.
In contrast to Conservative MPs’ Monday mutiny, MPs accepted new pay proposals.
If “political will” exists, a new plan could be implemented by the end of the year, according to the Haemophilia Society.
“This has never been about politics,” stated Mr. Smith. It has always been about doing the right thing and ensuring justice; no government should dispute this.
They were coerced into doing this against their will, and I fear that Rishi Sunak and the Conservative Party will be condemned to an unfavourable place in history and the annals of time, as this should not have been the case.
“This tragedy was abhorrent in nature.” We fully comprehend the intensity of emotions.”
As the government has determined that compensating scandal victims is morally justifiable, initial interim payments of £100,000 have been made. This applies to 4,000 surviving victims and bereaved companions.
Under the initial scheme, an interim payment could be granted exclusively to the victims or their bereaved companions.
A thorough plan would be made after the tainted blood inquiry is complete, according to the administration.
The inquiry’s chairman, Sir Brian Langstaff, demanded immediate establishment of a comprehensive compensation scheme earlier this year. Furthermore, he proposed that it be expanded to encompass parents who have lost children and bereaved children.
To expedite the process of compensating victims, Dame Diana Johnson, leader of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood and a member of the Labour Party, proposed an amendment to the Victims and Prisoners Bill.
The amendment requires a new governing body to allocate scheme compensation within three months of bill enactment.
The support of Dame Diana’s amendment by rebel Conservative MPs dealt Rishi Sunak his first defeat as prime minister. The House of Lords must now grant its approval for the legislation before its enactment into law.
Des Collins, senior partner at Collins Solicitors, which advocates for approximately 1,500 victims and their families, further stated: “The government has been compelled to take action to ensure that the long-awaited final report from Sir Brian Langstaff’s inquiry is promptly delivered in March and to establish an oversight body to ensure that victims and their families receive appropriate compensation.
“At first glance, the government has resolved to fulfil its overdue obligations.
Only time will tell if the government’s pledged measures are accompanied by an end to obfuscation and ingenious delay strategies.