Each time there is a scandal there is accompanying pressure to compensate those people who have been affected, so long as there is someone to blame.

But each scheme emphasises the inadequacy of care for the majority. Before the government puts together another package of special measures for the victims of BSE it should remember its slogan: 'For the many, not the few'.

Does anyone want to see two different sorts of medical care provided for people with CJD depending on whether the patient is diagnosed as having the old sort or the new variant of CJD?

Martin Rathfelder Development director Socialist Health Association London E1