31st October 2003 Sixteenth Meeting

  • The Minutes and Resolutions of the previous meeting were approved.
  • It was reported that there were 143 victims of vCJD as at 6 October 2003, according to the figures on the Department of Health’s website.
  • There was discussion about Irwin Mitchell’s representations that the services of a professional Trustee would be required in all cases where payments are made to a minor.
  • The Trustees considered whether it would be beneficial for an article prepared by one of the Trustees that had been published some months ago to be re-published. It was recognised that the publication of articles in the medical press may have the beneficial result of alerting the medical profession to the possible diagnosis of vCJD.
  • The importance of the Trustees being provided with details of the victim’s relatives was reiterated. This is to ensure that compensation is distributed in a fair and just manner, and in accordance with the Trust Deed.
  • There was discussion about the small number of claims that have been submitted for psychiatric condition that has given rise to particular financial or emotional hardship. The principles that the Trustees will adopt should be resolved shortly, and may need further consideration after representations for further funding have been made to the Secretary of State.
  • The Trustees considered 6 new claims, 6 claims with outstanding issues and claims by family members of 14 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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