The government has confirmed that thousands of victims of the septic blood scandal will receive £100,000 compensation by the end of this month.
It comes after a report published in July by Contaminated Blood Investigations Chairman Sir Brian Langstaff said interim payments should be made “without delay”.
But bereaved relatives said the announcement did not recognize most family members, who would miss out on this temporary payment.
The scandal is considered the worst treatment disaster in NHS history.
Patients infected with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood products imported from the US. As a result, about 2,400 people died.
Lancaster Prime Minister Nadhim Zahawi said: “I know from my own discussions with voters who have been victims of the septic blood scandal how their heartbreaking experience has been and I am proud to campaign for as an MP on their behalf and continue that work as a government minister.
“There will be no compensation for the deplorable treatment and circumstances suffered by those affected by this scandal and their families, but I hope that temporary payments This time will prove that we are, and always will be, on their side.”
The Cabinet Office said the interim compensation payment is expected to reach around £400 million for the whole of the UK.
Money will also be sent through schemes in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as in England.
Scottish Public Health Minister Maree Todd said payments would be made through the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme (SIBSS) on October 28.
She said: “We recognize the importance of the interim payment issue for Scotland Infected Blood Type Assistance Program members and those in other UK support schemes who are suffered too long.
“The Scottish Government is grateful to Sir Brian for the interim report and welcomes the UK government’s commitment to funding the interim payments. I recognize that there is still much work to be done and we will consider any further recommendations from the Contaminated Blood Inquiry when reporting next year.”