Date lodged: 11 April 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many people whose spouse or partner died as a result of being given blood products contaminated with hepatitis C have received Skipton Fund stage 1 payments but not stage 2.
Answered by: Shona Robison 8 May 2017
The Skipton Fund also does not have reliable data on the number of Stage 1 beneficiaries who have died, as many beneficiaries lost touch with the scheme; therefore there could be some additional Stage 1 beneficiaries who have died.
The Skipton Fund is aware of 112 people who have been confirmed as deceased without progressing to Stage 2. However, the Skipton Fund does not have data to confirm how many of these individuals died leaving a widow, widower or partner; nor does it have any information to confirm whether Hepatitis C infection caused the death of any of these individuals. Many of those in the Stage 1 group (which represents those with chronic infection) will have died from causes unrelated to their Hepatitis C infection. Stage 2 represents cases where beneficiaries are affected by the most serious conditions associated with Hepatitis C - cirrhosis, liver cancer, the need for a liver transplant or B-cell lymphoma.