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MPs back compensation scheme for patients given infected blood

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 05 December 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2878
  1. Gareth Iacobucci
  1. The BMJ

MPs have voted to establish a compensation scheme for NHS patients who were given infected blood, delivering a first parliamentary defeat for the prime minister.

The move is designed to speed up the paying of compensation. There is an ongoing public statutory inquiry1 into how thousands of patients, including many with haemophilia, were given blood and blood products infected with HIV and hepatitis C in the 1970s and 1980s.

The amendment to the Victims and Prisoners Bill—tabled by Labour MP Diana Johnson—was narrowly passed by 246 votes to 242 after 22 Conservative MPs rebelled.

The …

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