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Victims of blood scandal angry at funding delay

Victims of the NHS blood scandal have reacted with anger and disappointment after the government announced a delay in spending £25m to help those affected.

Steve Sillett, contaminated blood victim, at home.

Prime minister David Cameron apologised in March for the saga that saw thousands of people accidentally infected with HIV and hepatitis C through blood and blood products used by the NHS before 1991.

The PM pledged £25m would be allocated to ease transition to a reformed system of support for people who have had to live with the conditions ever since.

Disabled dad told he is fit to work TWO WEEKS before death

Diabetic David O’Mar, of Cardiff, was lying in a hospital bed with pneumonia when the DWP made its decision

Matthew Horwood David O’Mar of Fairwater has collected thousands of football kits to give to children in Eastern Europe
‘Fit to work’: David O’Mar was diabetic and suffering with pneumonia when his benefits were taken away

A disabled dad died two weeks ­after being judged fit for work as he lay in hospital with pneumonia

Diabetic David O’Mar was stripped of his disability benefits in April after a work ­capability assessment for Iain Duncan Smith’s hated Department for Work and Pensions.

Dementia patients forced to rely on unpaid carers, poll says


Three-quarters of GPs say their dementia patients are forced to rely on family, friends, neighbours or other unpaid carers, because they get insufficient help from health and social care services.

Stephen Blakeburn, 50, who cares for his mother, Jenny (left), 86, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2010. GPs believe dementia patients are being failed by health and social care services. Photograph: Alzheimer’s Society/PA Photograph: Alzheimer’s Society/PA

A survey of 1,013 family doctors by the Alzheimer’s Society paints a worrying picture of a situation in which patients are often let down or left confused by the health and social care system.