LONDON (AP) – The head of an inquiry into a tainted blood scandal that killed 2,400 people in Britain urged the government to pay survivors and bereaved partners at least 100,000 pounds ($120,000) each in compensation immediately.
The government said Saturday it would consider the recommendation “with the utmost urgency.”
Thousands of haemophiliacs and other hospital patients were infected with HIV or Hepatitis C during the 1970s and ’80s through tainted blood products, largely imported from the United States. The situation has been called the worst treatment disaster in the history of Britain’s health care system.
Brian Langstaff, a retired judge who is chairing the inquiry, said Friday that payments to the more than 2,000 partners and survivors shouldn’t wait until his long-running