Decision Making Process of Payments for The EIBSS

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I am requesting information pertaining to how a decision was made in regards to how the payment structure was decided by the DHSC in regards to the annual payments for the infected persons'.

Annual Beneficiary non-discretionary payment (£)

Hepatitis C Stage 1 - £18,458
Hepatitis C Stage 1 - SCM - £28,000
Hepatitis C Stage 2 - £28,000
HIV - £28,000
Co-infected Stage 1 - £38,000
Co-infected SCM - £44,000
Co-infected Stage 2 £44,000

Why are there payment discrepancies between having HIV is £28,000, Hep C Stage 1 SCM or/& Hep C Stage 2 are £28,000 & if you are Co-infected with either of these combinations you receive £44,000.

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr/Ms Carroll,

Thank you for your email.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for general information and an opinion rather than requesting recorded information or documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act. It will be answered as general correspondence in due course.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear FreedomofInformation,

I am writing for an for an explanation as to why my F.O.I request has not been responded to promptly & in the time frame required by law.

Yours sincerely,

S Carroll

Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1262605
 
Dear Mr/Ms Carroll,
 
Thank you for your correspondence of 8 October about the England Infected
Blood Support Scheme (EIBSS). I have been asked to reply and I apologise
for the delay in doing so.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such
as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for
general information, rather than requesting recorded information or
documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act.

On 15 October 2018 a letter was sent by the chair of the Infected Blood
Inquiry (IBI) to David Lidington, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster,
requesting that the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) review the
levels of support provided to those who have been affected by infected
blood. 

On 21 January 2019, the then health minster Jackie Doyle-Price and David
Lidington met with the IBI secretariat and beneficiary advocacy groups. A
number of issues were raised, mainly relating to the differences in
support provided between:
 

* the four UK nations;
* the infected and the bereaved; and
* different bereaved groups.

An ‘interim payment scheme’ was presented at the meeting by the campaign
group ‘Tainted Blood’ which suggested significant increases in the level
of non-discretionary support given to beneficiaries. 

The Government announced changes to the England Infected Blood Support
Scheme (EIBSS) on Tuesday 30 April 2019.

For Infected beneficiaries the following annual non-discretionary payments
were set out:
 

Beneficiary Annual non-discretionary payment (£)
Hepatitis C Stage 1 18,458
Hepatitis C Stage 1 + SCM 28,000
Hepatitis C Stage 2 28,000
HIV 28,000
Co-infected Stage 1 38,000
Co-infected SCM 44,000
Co-infected Stage 2 44,000

Given that co-infection has a higher mortality rate and a greater
disruption to life than that of mono-infection, EIBSS provide higher
annual payments for co-infection.

I hope this reply is helpful.

Yours sincerely,
 
Aymee Smith
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care
 

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FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr/Ms Carroll,

Thank you for your further email. As has been previously explained to you, the Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. Your correspondence asked for general information and an opinion rather than requesting recorded information or documentation, and did not fall under the provisions of the Act. As previously stated, it will be answered as general correspondence in due course.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Smith,

Thank you the information provided it is greatly appreciated even though falls outside the scope of F.O.I request.

Again thank you for time regarding this matter.

Yours sincerely,

S Carroll