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  • Writer's pictureBy The Financial District

UK Paying $12.7 Billion To Victims Of Infected-Blood Scandal

Britain will allocate over 10 billion pounds ($12.7 billion) to compensate thousands of people treated with HIV or hepatitis C-contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s, the Sunday Times reported.


The contaminated blood and blood products, some imported from the US, were administered to individuals needing transfusions or treatment for hemophilia.



The infected blood scandal is considered one of the worst treatment disasters in the history of the National Health Service (NHS). An estimated 30,000 people received contaminated blood, with around 3,000 deaths linked to it.


Many more lives have been affected, and some victims have never been traced.



Victims and their families have long sought justice, compensation, and answers about how the contamination occurred despite known risks.


The blood and blood products, some imported from the US, were administered to individuals needing transfusions or treatment for hemophilia. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is expected to issue an official apology, followed by the announcement of a compensation package funded by borrowing, as early as Tuesday.




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