Consultation outcome

Infected blood: reform of financial and other support

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Detail of outcome

The government’s consultation response sets out a full analysis of over 1,500 responses to the consultation, the detail of the final proposals for the new scheme and an overview of the transition arrangements.

The main aims of the reform are that support will be simple, equitable and responsive to individuals’ circumstances, and available resource will be focused on those whose health is most affected.

Increased annual payments and new annual payments will take effect this year and be backdated to April 2016.

On 13 July 2016, the government announced that it will fund payment for the bereaved partner or spouse of individuals infected with Hepatitis C and/or HIV as a result of receiving NHS-supplied blood products. The ‘payment for bereaved partners/spouses’ document provides further information and details of how to apply.

Original consultation


Seeks views on the reforms to the support for those affected by hepatitis C or HIV from historic NHS blood treatments.

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Consultation description

This consultation seeks views on the proposed reforms to the infected blood payment schemes.

Since 1988, government has voluntarily provided support for people affected by HIV and/or hepatitis C through treatment with NHS-supplied blood or blood products.

The Department of Health is aware that over time concerns have been expressed about the various schemes, and is therefore setting out proposals on how these might be reformed.


Equality analysis

Impact assessment

Published 21 January 2016
Last updated 16 December 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added details about the payment for bereaved partners/spouses.

  2. Added impact assessment and equality analysis to consultation response.

  3. Added consultation outcome.

  4. First published.