Consultation outcome

Infected blood support: special category mechanism

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The government’s response analyses the 253 consultation responses, outlines reforms to the new scheme and gives some information on 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.

The reformed scheme increases fairness by introducing the Special Category Mechanism (SCM) to enable more people with stage 1 hepatitis C infection to apply for higher annual payments.

Original consultation


Seeks views on the new special appeals mechanism that offers financial and other support for those with chronic hepatitis C infection.

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Consultation description

The department has developed a special appeals mechanism, called the special category mechanism (SCM), for people with chronic hepatitis C infection (stage 1).

The SCM is a new element of the infected blood reforms. The government is consulting on the details and proposals for ensuring the scheme remains within its budget.

In July 2016, the government published its response to the January 2016 consultation on reform of ex-gratia payment schemes for people infected with HIV or hepatitis C, following treatment with NHS-supplied blood or blood products. Since then, the new and increased payments promised for financial year 2016 to 2017 have been rolled out.


Published 6 March 2017
Last updated 13 October 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added Infected Blood Scheme Reform Affordability impact assessment.
  2. Updated with the government's consultation response.
  3. First published.