Government continues to fight contaminated blood compensation claims

By agency reporter
November 27, 2018

The Contaminated Blood Products Group Litigation Order which was granted in September 2017 will see its next hearing  on 30 November 2018 at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London.

The Group Legal Challenge is bring multiple allegations against the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its role in the Contaminated Blood Scandal which saw thousands of Haemophiliacs infected with Hepatitis C or Hepatitis C and HIV through Factor Concentrate medicines.

At the opening of the Public Inquiry in September 2018, Eleanor Grey QC, representing the DHSC confirmed that the Department has not been in any way candid with those infected or affected by the contaminated blood scandal. She said that: “There have been eloquent statements about breaches of trust experienced, as well as many reminders of what may, at worst, have been a cover-up, or, at best, a lack of candour about past events.”

Des Collins of Collins Solicitors said: "The Department of Health and Social Care’s position before the two different forums is entirely inconsistent. In effect they are saying at the Public Inquiry they need to be more open and at the GLO that they have already offered full disclosure. It appears it is intent on dragging the victims and their families of infected blood products through as much pain and suffering as possible. It also seems determined to string legal proceedings out for as long as possible. As things stand the victims and their families will have to endure both the Group Litigation Action going through the High Court and the Public Inquiry investigation into what happened and why. We have provided the Department with every opportunity to see common sense but it appears to be in denial."  

Jason Evans (Lead Claimant and Founder of Factor 8) said: "It is quite incredible at this stage that the Government remains intent on fighting sick, dying people and bereaved families in court. I think at this point it would be appropriate for the Department to accept its fairly obvious liability."

Running concurrently with the Public Inquiry, the Contaminated Blood Products Group Action (GLO) is set for a further hearing on 30th November 2018. The Group Order was granted in July 2017, just one week before the Prime Minister announced the Infected Blood Public Inquiry.

The GLO was brought by Collins Solicitors on behalf of 500+ clients and will challenge the settlement of the litigation by many people who were either infected or affected by the contaminated blood products Factor VIII & Factor IX in the 1970’s and 1980’s. At the time the government withheld documents that could and should have been made available to the victims. This information has come to light in the intervening years. There is also significant additional documentation that has come to light that is available as well as a significant amount of material that remains withheld.

* Factor 8 campaign group https://www.factor8scandal.uk/

* Collins Solicitors http://www.collinslaw.co.uk/

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