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.

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.

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.