Welsh victims of the contaminated blood scandal are being used as “political footballs”, a help group has said.

Charity Haemophilia Wales said it was concerned victims were dying without getting the financial support they deserved due to differences in how much money is paid out across the UK.

Payments to victims in England were increased this year with the inquiry judge calling for parity elsewhere.

Wales’s health minister has blamed the hold-up on the UK election.

In July, Vaughan Gething said he wanted the issue resolved quickly but no changes have yet been made to the payments in Wales, which are the responsibility of the Welsh Government

According to Haemophilia Wales, that leaves Welsh victims about £10,000 a year worse off compared with their English counterparts.

The Welsh Government

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