New bill to help contaminated blood victims hailed by Fentons

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New bill to help contaminated blood victims hailed by Fentons

29th January 2010

Fentons Solicitors has welcomed news that a bid to compensate and support victims of what is widely called 'the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS' has cleared the Lords.

A Private Member's Bill - introduced by The Rt Hon Lord Morris of Manchester - is aimed at easing the plight of those haemophiliacs infected by NHS supplied contaminated blood or blood products. Fentons Solicitors acted as Secretariat to the Independent Public Inquiry, Chaired by The Rt Hon Lord Archer of Sandwell Q.C, who in a report last year called for substantial compensation payments for 4,670 haemophiliacs who received blood in the 1970s and 1980s and were infected with hepatitis C and some 1,243 who were also infected with HIV.

Vijay Mehan, an Associate Solicitor at Fentons, welcomed the safe passage of the bill through the Lords. "It is widely documented that more than 2,000 people died as a result of exposure to the tainted blood, with many more suffering from debilitating illnesses," he said.

"The fact its passage through the Lords was unopposed gives us hope that the bill could become law, entitling those affected by contaminated blood to be adequately compensated," he said. "But for that to happen, the Government would have to lend its support when the bill reaches the House of Commons."

The Contaminated Blood (Support for Inflected and Bereaved Persons) Bill has the backing of the UK Haemophilia Society, and would establish a compensation package for people who have been infected, their widows, dependants and carers.

Source - Legal and Medical