As the public inquiry into the NHS Contaminated Blood Scandal of the 1970s and 1980s gets under way, there are on-going calls for existing financial support for the victims to be increased.

According to a new BBC report, campaign group Tainted Blood has called for financial support to be increased across the UK to bring payments into alignment with those in Scotland. Currently, victims of the scandal receive vastly different levels of compensation, with people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland potentially receiving thousands of pounds less than their counterparts north of the border.

The current public inquiry is not, however, due to address the issue of financial compensation until 2020.

Over 2600 people are thought to have died since over 5000 were infected with HIV and the hepatitis virus after having been given contaminated blood.

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