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Government announces increased support for contaminated blood victims

11th January 2011

The government is to provide increased financial support for English NHS patients who were accidentally infected with hepatitis C by contaminated blood and blood products in the late 1970s and 1980s.

Following a three-month review, health secretary Andrew Lansley has revealed that the one-off payment made to seriously ill victims will rise from 25,000 pounds to 50,000 pounds, while an annual payment of 12,800 pounds will be introduced.

Other changes will allow the families of those who died as a result of the tainted blood products prior to August 29th 2003 to make a posthumous claim for the first time.

The government will also be exempting these new payments from means-testing for social care and will provide funding for counselling services for victims.

Mr Lansley said: "I believe that changing the payment structure in England and offering the further assistance we have will improve the lives of these people and their families."

The announcement has prompted Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott to call for similar measures to be introduced in Wales, reports BBC News.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800335194-ADNFCR

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