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MEDIA STATEMENT Date: 29 July 2022

Commenting on Sir Brian Langstaff’s recommendation to Government for immediate interim payments for some of the most vulnerable victims of the contaminated blood scandal, Des Collins, senior partner at Collins Solicitors, says:

“These immediate interim payments for some of the most vulnerable will, at last, provide some financial compensation that many of those suffering have been due for decades.

“Whilst coming too late for the thousands who have tragically passed away over the intervening years since they were infected, it is a welcome development for some of those still living with the dreadful repercussions of this avoidable treatment failure.

“We look forward to the day when all victims of this scandal are properly compensated for their suffering and for those whose decisions led to the ruining of countless innocent lives being held to account.

“We now await the government’s response, and would like to thank the IBI Chair, Sir Brian Langstaff, for recognising the importance of today’s recommendations.”


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Notes for editors

The Infected Blood Inquiry, chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff, is the UK’s largest ever statutory inquiry, established to investigate how men women and children were given infected blood and blood products by the NHS from the 1970s. Hearings can be attended in person or followed live on the Infected Blood Inquiry website/YouTube channel.