18 March 2005 twenty Sixth Meeting

  • The Minutes and Resolutions of the previous meeting were approved.
  • It was reported that there were 154 victims of vCJD as at 5 April 2005, according to the Department of Health’s website. Main Applications had been received in relation to 148 victims. By the end of this meeting, the Trustees will have considered 143 claims on the claims submitted to date. The Trustees had considered a total of 233 claims for £5,000 for psychiatric injury.
  • £29.6m had been paid in compensation to date. £6.5m had been paid for costs and expenses.
  • The Trustees considered the possibility for overlap between the claims to the Discretionary Fund. For example, if loss of earnings are claimed as a result of financial hardship caused by a psychiatric injury, then this should not duplicate any claim put forward by the same person for Carer’s Loss of Earnings. The point would be reconsidered in due course.
  • The final draft of the website was considered and approved. This will go live as soon as possible.
  • The Glossary of Terms was approved, subject to some minor amendments
  • A psychiatrist’s fees for preparing reports was approved.
  • In relation to clause 4.3.2, a psychiatric condition giving rise to particular financial and emotional hardship, the Trustees reconsidered the principles and procedure that had been adopted previously. A letter would be sent to the families providing details of the decisions in due course.
  • The Trustees considered 2 new cases, 2 claims with outstanding issues, and 8 claims in relation to 5 victims for the single sum of £5,000 for psychiatric injury lasting longer than a calendar month that has been caused or materially aggravated by the fact that the victim has contracted vCJD.

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