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Jeremy Hunt Faces Pressure Over Infected Blood Compensation Payments

Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is urged to approve up to ten billion pounds in immediate compensation for victims of the contaminated blood scandal when the final report is published. This NHS disaster resulted in over 3,000 deaths from contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s. Labour demands immediate action, with an expected formal apology from Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Chancellor Jeremy Hunt is being urged to approve immediate compensation payments totalling up to £10bn for victims of the contaminated blood scandal when the final report is published on Monday.

The incident, considered the NHS's worst treatment disaster, resulted in the deaths of over 3,000 people due to contaminated blood products in the 1970s and 1980s.

The infection rate remains high, with a victim dying every four days.

Previously, Hunt backed immediate payments.

Labour demands immediate compensation upon the report’s release by Sir Brian Langstaff, detailing the infection of over 30,000 haemophiliacs or transfusion recipients.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is expected to issue a formal apology.

Labour's Nick Thomas-Symonds and Andy Burnham emphasize the need for urgent action, noting that victims have suffered for too long without proper compensation.

The government has had a year to act on interim payment recommendations but has delayed further compensation.
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