Infected Blood Compensation Framework Study
This page provides information about the study being carried out by Sir Robert Francis QC into a framework for compensation. This study is separate from the Infected Blood Inquiry.
Sir Robert has now submitted his report and any recommendations to the Paymaster General, the Rt Hon Michael Ellis MP. This was confirmed as received by the Paymaster General in a Written Ministerial Statement on 15th March 2022, which you can find at the bottom of this page, together with the Infected Blood Inquiry Chair, Sir Brian Langstaff’s letter to and subsequent reply from the minister.
Information about the Study
Sir Robert Francis has published the notes of six meetings he held with groups of people infected and affected, and one meeting with legal representatives. The summaries cover meetings with people who have been bereaved, infected with hepatitis C, infected with HIV, multiple or co-infected, other people who have been affected, recognised legal representatives, and a final meeting for people who had been unable to attend one of the other meetings. You can read the summary notes here.
Sir Robert’s study was commissioned by the former Paymaster General, the Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP. Chair of the Inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff said in response to the Minister’s announcement on 25 March 2021:
‘The statement also sets out the Government’s intention to appoint an independent reviewer to carry out a study looking at options for a framework for compensation to inform the Government’s preparations for what the Inquiry may recommend. I want to reassure you that this is completely separate from the Inquiry, that it does not affect the Inquiry’s terms of reference and that we will continue in our investigative work to get to the truth of what happened, and, where recommendations are appropriate, to make them. I anticipate that the Inquiry will want to hear from the reviewer once the proposals are published, and that all core participants will have the opportunity to express their views to me on those proposals.’
You can find the Written Ministerial Statement, of 25 March 2021, together with a statement from Inquiry Chair Sir Brian Langstaff and subsequent documents about the compensation study below.