Contaminated blood victims promised announcement in next few days

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, Londo

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday July 15, 2015. Photo credit should read: PA Wire - Credit: PA

Contaminated blood victims have been promised there will be an announcement as to the government's next step within the next few days - after being disappointed by not being mentioned in Prime Minister's Question Time.

Prior to the election, David Cameron pledged £25m towards helping support the thousands of victims, many from this region, who have suffered health problems after being given bad blood and blood products in the 1970s and 80s.

However the details as to what exactly that would be spent on have so far been scant, leading campaigners to fear another false dawn in their fight.

There was due to be a further announcement about the funding in Wednesday's PMQs but that plan was dropped at the last minute.

But today, a Department of Health spokeswoman promised more news would come between now and parliament recess, which is Tuesday, July 21. They would not be drawn on when or how that announcement would be made.

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Our recent special report revealed how the victims, many of whom have suffered health problems for more than 30 years, continue to be let down by the government.

In spite of the scale of the tragedy, they have received paltry financial compensation which is difficult to access, have seen no-one made accountable for the many tragedies, while the introduction of a new drug to help those given hepatitis C has been delayed.

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