Rachael Maskell MP in the House of Commons
Rachael Maskell MP in the House of Commons

Yesterday, York Central MP, Rachael Maskell took part in co-ordinated action with other Parliamentarians to petition the House of Commons about the Infected Blood Inquiry.

The blood contamination scandal of the 1970s and 1980s has often been referred to as the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history. Its impact is still felt today, with two victims dying each week, and hundreds dealing with the mental and physical consequences of what happened. 

In April 2023, the chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry said a full compensation scheme should be set up as soon as possible. 

Despite this, no compensation was mentioned in the Spring Budget, and the Government’s current position is to wait for the final report from the public inquiry, which will not be released until May.

Ms Maskell is joining other MPs in calling for action, so that this situation can be addressed and urgently actioned.

Rachael Maskell MP says:
“Victims of the Infected Blood Scandal have waited far too long for compensation, and it is unacceptable that despite the findings of the Infected Blood Inquiry in April 2023, the Government is still dragging its feet on the issue. I stand with all those impacted by this disaster, in calling for urgent action and compensation, in line with the Infected Blood Inquiry recommendations. I hope that this petition will achieve this.

“It is clear from other recent mismanagement, such as the Post Office Scandal, that victims must have their voices heard. In neglecting those affected by this scandal, the Government is letting survivors and bereaved families down. Their fight for justice has already lasted far too long. 

Two victims are dying every week, and others are forced to carry the physical and mental burden that this disaster has left them with. It is clear that the Government owes a moral debt to those affected.

“This simply cannot wait any longer, I call on the Government to act now, publish an immediate timetable for the compensation framework, and work with the necessary agents to achieve this.”

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