The new scheme will be administered by NHS National Services Scotland (NSS), a national NHS Board accountable to Scottish Ministers. This will be the single scheme in Scotland providing support to those infected with Hepatitis C and or HIV via infected NHS blood, blood products or tissue. It will also provide support to their close relatives.
The new scheme is being introduced as a result of the Scottish Financial Review, further details on which can be found on the Scottish Government website.Visit the Scottish Government website (external link) (external link)
Joining the Scottish Scheme
If you have received financial support from any of the existing UK schemes at any point in time, they will inform you soon by letter if you are eligible to transfer to the Scottish scheme.
If you are eligible to transfer, the existing schemes will keep you updated on how your details will be transferred to NSS.
If you have any questions about the interim payments due to be delivered by the existing UK schemes up until April 2017, you should contact the relevant scheme about this.
If you have never been a member of any of the UK schemes and feel you may be eligible to apply to the Scottish scheme, further details on the application process will be made available here prior to the scheme launching in April 2017.
Hepatitis C Campaign
The Scottish Government has launched a campaign to identify individuals who may have contracted Hepatitis C through a blood transfusion prior to 1991. For more information, or if you think you may be affected, visit NHS Inform.Visit NHS Inform (external link) (external link)