6 June 2008 Forty Fourth Meeting

  • The Minutes and Resolutions of the previous meeting were approved.
  • It was reported that there were 166 victims of vCJD as at 2 June 2008, according to the figures on the National CJD Surveillance Unit website. However Charles Russell were aware of 172 victims. Main Applications had been received in relation to 169 claims. By the end of this meeting, the Trustees had considered 167 of the claims submitted to date. The Trustees had considered a total of 364 claims for £5,000 Psychiatric Injury, 196 claims for Particular Emotional Hardship and 37 claims for Particular Financial Hardship.
  • The meeting included consideration of five claims by family members of four 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 and five new claims in relation to four victims for Particular Emotional Hardship. There was one new claim for Particular Financial Hardship and no claims for Carer’s or Victim’s Loss of Earnings.
  • 37.6m had been paid in compensation to date. £10.56m had been paid for costs and expenses, which includes £4.73 million in relation to Charles Russell’s fees (inc VAT) and £3.45 million in relation to Irwin Mitchell’s fees (inc VAT).
  • The Trustees resolved to propose a revised amendment of the Scheme to the Department of Health in the event that the Department would not agree to the radical amendments that had been proposed previously.
  • The Trustees agreed an alternative method for approving ‘Living Trusts’ for newly diagnosed Victims in light of the impact of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
  • The Trustees noted that there had been a limited response from applicants for the role of Nursing Trustee to replace Vicky Vidler and they agreed that advertisements should be placed in the Nursing Times inviting applications for the position.

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