Date lodged: 22 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will confirm the levels of the new payments to be made by the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme following the recommendations of the recent clinical review of the impacts of chronic hepatitis C.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 23 November 2018
The Scottish Government will make the following payments for those with chronic hepatitis c (HCV) who have submitted an application to the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme (SIBSS):
- £18,900 per year for those who have self-assessed as severely affected by HCV
- £6,300 per year for those who have self-assessed as moderately affected by HCV
- £1,000 per year for those who have self-assessed that HCV does not have a noticeable day to day impact on their life
For those widows, widowers, civil partners or other long-term partners of deceased beneficiaries who had chronic HCV, they will receive annual payments at 75% of the level above:
- £14,175 per year for those who have self-assessed that their spouse or partner was severely affected by HCV
- £4,725 per year for those who have self-assessed that their spouse or partner was moderately affected by HCV
In addition, those widows, widowers or partners of those who had chronic HCV who did not receive the £30,000 additional lump sum paid to living beneficiaries with chronic HCV will now also receive this one-off lump sum payment.