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Infected blood

It is estimated that about 3,000 Scots were infected with hepatitis C and HIV through NHS blood products in the 1970s through to the early 1990s.

Infections also occurred on a huge scale in the rest of the UK. Scotland held a public inquiry  - the Penrose Inquiry – and the final report was published on 25 March 2015.

In July 2017, the UK Government announced a UK-wide inquiry into infected blood. This inquiry began in May 2018 and is being chaired by Sir Brian Langstaff.

Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme

This Scottish Infected Blood Support scheme came into force on 1 April 2017 as a result of the Scottish Financial Review Group report on financial support.  The scheme was set up to provide support and assistance for those infected with Hepatitis C, HIV, or both, as a result of NHS treatment. The scheme is managed by NHS National Services Scotland.

An amending scheme document published in 2017 made some small changes to the original scheme. These changes included allowing long-term cohabiting partners of some infected people who have died to qualify for annual payments in the same way as a widow, widower or civil partner.

Information on changes to SIBSS payments in light of the UK Government announcement of 25 March 2021

Due to the pre-election period, the Scottish Government is unable to comment proactively on the UK Government announcement on changes to infected blood payments. However you can read a short statement on what this announcement means for SIBSS beneficiaries.

Hepatitis C

We commissioned an evidence-based review of the health impacts caused by chronic Hepatitis C infection and the clinical review report was published in July 2018.

In September 2018 Scottish Ministers confirmed that they will be accepting all of the recommendations in the clinical review report. The Scottish Infected Blood Support Amendment Scheme 2018, 20 December 2018 included the changes recommended in the clinical review report.

Inflationary Increases

To protect payments under the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme from being devalued by inflation, the Scottish Ministers enacted a further Amendment Scheme, which came into force in April 2020, to increase payments by inflation annually.

A temporary Amendment Scheme (March 2021) has been published to increase payments by inflation for the 2021 to 2022 financial year, however this will shortly be superseded by another amendment scheme to bring in the changes to the scheme announced on 25 March 2020.

More information

Information on eligibility and how to apply, as well as sources of additional support, is available on the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme section of the NHS National Services Scotland website.