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Seeley welcomes reform of blood payment scheme

22 December, 2016 - by Catherine Seeley

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Seeley has welcomed the introduction of a reformed payment scheme for people in the north affected by contaminated blood.

The party's spokesperson on health said:

"In the north of Ireland around a hundred of these patients are living with hepatitis C, and a small number of these patients are living with HIV. Some are co-infected with HIV and hepatitis C.

"I welcome news that following consultation the Minister for Health Michelle O'Neill will introduce a single payment scheme for people in the North affected by NHS-supplied blood products, and their families.

"While no amount of money could ever make up for the life-changing and tragic impacts of being adversely affected by NHS treatment people with infected blood should be provided with the financial support they need. 

"Increased annual payments and new annual payments will take effect this year and will be backdated to April 2016.

"I further welcome the news that the Minister will continue to work with the Department of Health in England and with the existing financial scheme administrators to provide this additional support as soon as possible to beneficiaries in the north of Ireland."

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