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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19693: Elaine Smith (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 31 October 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what factors it is taking into consideration to determine the extent of the additional resources that it will allocate to the victims of contaminated blood products, and whether the people affected and their families will be treated as a priority.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 14 November 2018

The Scottish Government has always worked hard to provide support for those infected with hepatitis c and/or HIV via infected blood or blood products and their families.

The Scottish Government is taking into consideration the findings of the Clinical Review of the impacts of chronic hepatitis c in determining the extent of the additional resources that will be allocated to support the new annual payments for those with chronic hepatitis c and the widows, widowers, civil partners and other long-term partners of those with chronic hepatitis c who have died. The additional resources provided will also depend upon the information provided in the application for funds, particularly reported impacts on infected and affected applicants.