Party leaders urge PM to fully compensate victims of the NHS blood scandal NOW

Theresa May faced an impassioned cross-party appeal last night to pay ‘full compensation’ to infected blood victims before more die.

Jeremy Corbyn joined six other political party leaders at Westminster to urge the Prime Minister to act now.

A public inquiry into how thousands were given infected blood in the 1970s and 1980s – dubbed ‘the worst treatment scandal in NHS history’ – began three weeks ago.

Mrs May marked the launch of the inquiry, led by former High Court judge Sir Brian Langstaff, by offering extra financial support for victims from £46million a year to £76million.

A public inquiry into how thousands were given infected blood in the 1970s and 1980s ¿ dubbed ¿the worst treatment scandal in NHS history¿ ¿ began three weeks ago (file image)

A public inquiry into how thousands were given infected blood in the 1970s and 1980s ¿ dubbed ¿the worst treatment scandal in NHS history¿ ¿ began three weeks ago (file image)

A public inquiry into how thousands were given infected blood in the 1970s and 1980s – dubbed ‘the worst treatment scandal in NHS history’ – began three weeks ago (file image)

But in a letter released last night, the seven party leaders made clear the Prime Minister’s move was not enough.

Mr Corbyn joined Sir Vince Cable from the Lib Dems, and Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, among others to warn that victims infected with HIV and hepatitis could not wait for the inquiry to conclude in two or three years.

They told Mrs May: ‘Since you announced the inquiry in July 2017, one victim has died on average every four days.

‘Justice delayed even further will be justice denied for many of those currently still with us.

Mr Corbyn joined Sir Vince Cable from the Lib Dems, and Ian Blackford, the SNP¿s Westminster leader, among others to warn that victims infected with HIV and hepatitis could not wait for the inquiry to conclude in two or three years (file image)

Mr Corbyn joined Sir Vince Cable from the Lib Dems, and Ian Blackford, the SNP¿s Westminster leader, among others to warn that victims infected with HIV and hepatitis could not wait for the inquiry to conclude in two or three years (file image)

Mr Corbyn joined Sir Vince Cable from the Lib Dems, and Ian Blackford, the SNP’s Westminster leader, among others to warn that victims infected with HIV and hepatitis could not wait for the inquiry to conclude in two or three years (file image)

‘This is why, with the utmost urgency, we ask you to address campaigners’ central demand and provide full compensation to all those infected.’

More than 7,500 people were infected with hepatitis C or HIV in the 1970s and 1980s. More than 2,000 are thought to have died.

Thousands more may have been exposed through blood transfusions after an operation or childbirth.

The Department of Health last night said it was committed to a ‘fair and transparent support scheme’ for victims. 

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