Clinical Implausibility/lack of evidence
IV drug use (or other risk factor)
Outside scheme remit
Decision pending further info.
Yet to be considered
Figures supplied by The Skipton Fund 09.10.12
The Appointments Commission has announced the re-appointment of the Chair and members of the Skipton Fund Ltd Appeal Panel for the period from 1 September 2009 until 31 August 2012. Following the retirement of the existing GP member of the Appeal Panel the Appointments Commission have appointed a new General Practitioner member for the same period.
Notes to editor
The Government (all four UK administrations) have collectively established a scheme to make ex-gratia payments to individuals infected with hepatitis C as a result of receiving NHS blood or blood products. A private company limited by guarantee (called the Skipton Fund) has been established to operate the scheme and make payments. The scheme has been in operation since 5th July 2004.
The scheme provides for two levels of payments, the first for individuals who develop chronic hepatitis C infection, with a further second payment for those who go on to develop cirrhosis or primary liver cancer, as a direct result of hepatitis C infection due to NHS blood or blood products.
Claims are assessed and decided by the Skipton Fund based on evidence submitted by the claimant. Where claims are not successful, claimants have the right to appeal to the independent Appeal Panel. The secretariat for the Panel is provided by the Skipton Fund.
Terms of Reference
The role of the Appeal Panel is to reconsider the cases of any claimants who appeal against individual decisions made by the Skipton Fund. The Panel will look at how the decision was reached and examine all available evidence, or seek further written evidence where necessary, in order to either confirm or change the Skipton Fund’s decision. In considering the evidence the Appeal Panel will look solely at the written evidence and will not seek personal attendance.
The Panel will not be able to consider appeals against the ex-gratia payment scheme itself, but only to examine the process to determine the claims within the terms of the scheme.
Appeals may be made against decisions concerning both stage 1 and stage 2 payments. For stage one appeals, the Panel will need to determine whether, on the balance of probabilities, chronic hepatitis C infection resulted from receipt of NHS blood or blood products, and for stage two appeals, the likelihood, on the information provided, that the claimant has developed cirrhosis or primary liver cancer (although the Appeal Panel is thought unlikely to see many Stage 2 appeals).
The following rates of fees will be paid:
Chair £200 per day
Medical Member £140 per day
Lay Member £100 per day
Allowances for necessary travel and subsistence, at rates set centrally, are also payable.
These appointments have been made in accordance with the OCPA Code of Practice. All non-executive appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process.
Details of Appeal panel members
Professor Mark Mildred, aged 57, lives in London. He is Professor of Litigation at Nottingham Law School, Vice Chair of Wandsworth PCT and legal member of Family Health Services Appeal Authority (FHSAA). He is also a member of various law related committees and editorials. Professor Mildred is white and has not declared a disability. He is a member of the Labour party, having held office such as Chair, Treasury or secretary of a local branch.
Dept of Health, Non Executive Director – Wandsworth PCT until 31 December.2006, receives £5,700pa.
Dept of Constitutional Affairs, Member – Family Health Services Appeal Authority until 31 January 2007, receives daily fee of £438
Mrs Annie Hitchman aged 59, lives in Durham. Annie Hitchman has been appointed as Non-Executive member of North East Ambulance Services NHS Trust and is standing down as Non Executive Director, Durham & Chester-le-Street PCT. She is Vice Chair of Co. Durham & Darlington Research Ethics Committee and is also a Lay Member of several organisations including the Bar Council for England & Wales. Mrs Hitchman is white and has not declared a disability. She is not politically active.
Dept of Health, Non Executive Director – newly appointed from 1 July 2006 no other details available
Dept of the Environment, Food & Rural Affairs – until 30 September 2008, receives £4,000pa
Dr David Mutimer aged 48 lives in Birmingham. David Mutimer is a Consultant Hepatologist at the Liver & Hepatobiliary Unit, QE Hospital in Birmingham, since 2000 he has been the Clinical Service Lead in the department. He has advised on several societies & groups in the field of Viral Hepatology. Dr Mutimer is white and has not declared a disability. He is not politically active and holds no ministerial appointments
Dr Patricia Hewitt aged 54 lives in London. She is a Consultant Specialist in Transfusion Microbiology, National Blood Service (NHS Blood & Transplant). She is chair of UKBTS/NIBSC Standing Advisory Committee on Transfusion Transmitted Infection and member of Standing Advisory Committee on Donor Selection for the same body. She is a Member of the CJD Clinical incident Panel and also NBA National Claims Manager. Dr Hewitt is white and has not declared a disability. She is not politically active and holds no ministerial appointments
Dr Norman Gourlay, lives in Oxford. Dr Gourlay is currently a Portfolio GP with Medico-legal practice, his work includes carrying out medical negligence report writing in regard to General Practitioners for solicitors and producing a range of personal injury reports for solicitors and agencies. He also participates in GP locum work, working regularly in two practices in Oxford in order to achieve a degree of continuity of care. For the past 4 years he has worked as a GP Appraiser for Oxford City PCT and now Oxfordshire PCT. He has also sat on the Fitness to Practice Panels as a medical member. He is not politically active.
Dept of Justice, Member, Tribunal Services – appointed 1996. Daily fee payable.