Total government compensation to the victims of the infected blood scandal could cost over £20 billion, The Sunday Telegraph understands.
Ministers have examined financial modelling which places the upper forecast for total compensation to be paid to those mistakenly infected with HIV and hepatitis C and their loved ones in the mid-£20 billions.
OK, I’m aware of the basic background, Factor VIII and so on, HIV and hepatitis.
But what is the actual claim about liability here?
a) The treatment had a bad outcome?
b) Government was incompetent at not stopping the bad outcome?
Those taking Factor VIII, for example, would be dead without Factor VIII. So, if it’s a) then well, you know, swings and roundabouts. If it’s b) then the idea of compo is more understandable.
But I’ve not followed this enough to know which of those two answer is correct.
To dive a little deeper, plasma and other blood productds do often come from the US and paid donors. No country, anywhere, that does not pay donors gains enough blood products – whole blood, yes, but blood products, no. So the mere fact that the supply was infected might not be enough. Say, HIV infection before, hhmmmm, 1985? hmmm, isn’t something to be held liable for because no one at all knew.
I do indeed know that lots of people got sick, died, as a result of contaiminated blood products. But how much of that was liability inducing error by government and how much, well, shit happens?
#Anyone actually know here? And no, Private Eye will not be taken as being an accurate source.