ANGRY parents of Hongkong's HIV-stricken haemophiliacs have lashed out at the delay in handing out the cash promised to their chronically-ill children. They also say the Government has not bothered to contact them to let them know the $350 million fund will not be distributed until at least June. ''Why do we have to wait until June,'' said Mrs Chu (not her real name), the mother of a 17-year-old sufferer. ''It was in January when I first spoke up. How much longer do we have to wait? ''We have said the money should not come too late, otherwise . . . we will only be able to use it to pay for the funeral of our children. Is that what the Government wants - that we use the money to buy coffins for our children? ''Nobody has contacted us since the announcement by the Financial Secretary last month. They seem to be expecting us to read it in newspapers. Am I asking too much when I say I want a phone call? ''The idea of the payment is so I can let my son enjoy the rest of his years. There are some here who cannot wait any longer.'' The parents believe time is running out for some of the children. Ah-sum, 15, who weighed a pitiful 20 kilograms when he met the Governor, Mr Chris Patten, two months ago in a desperate plea for compassion, is now down to 13 kg. The Sunday Morning Post began a campaign four months ago to help the victims, winning promises of help from the Secretary of Health and Welfare Mrs Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien, and Mr Patten. The haemophiliacs contracted HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, from blood products used in Government hospitals in the mid-1980s. The Financial Secretary, Mr Hamish Macleod, announced in his March 3 Budget that $350 million would be set aside for an AIDS fund: $100 million would go to help the 61 HIV positive haemophiliacs, $200 million for medical and support services for all HIV carriers and AIDS patients, and $50 million for publicity and education. The Budget proposal was only tabled in the Legislative Council for approval on Friday and the principal assistant secretary of the Health and Welfare Branch, Mr Victor Ng, told the Sunday Morning Post June was the soonest ex-gratia payments would be made. Mr Ng said the Government was aware speed was of the essence, adding that it was working as fast as it could. The new chairman of the council for the AIDS trust fund, Professor David Todd of the University of Hongkong, when told Ah-sum could not wait, said: ''They [the family] will get the fund even if he dies. They will certainly have some form of payment.'' Professor Todd assured parents there would not be too much bureaucratic red tape, but added it was important to make sure the money was properly handled while ensuring there would be no delay. Legislative Councillor Ms Anna Wu Hung-yuk, one of the six-member council that would manage the fund, said she was ''surprised'' the families had not been contacted. ''You cannot always expect people to read things in the newspapers,'' she said. ''Services of this type require the personal touch.'' She said she would raise questions with the Health and Welfare Branch before the AIDS council held its first meeting on Tuesday. Ms Wu said it was vital to ensure the scheme was simple and easy to operate. ''When we have the criteria in place the applications can be submitted quickly. I don't know if interviews have to be called for. But our aim is to set up something very simple, and avoid parents having to go through a long arduous exercise of interviewsand assessment. We don't want to create additional delay,'' she said. Parents were also dissatisfied Sister Maureen McGinley, whose involvement with AIDS patients won her a meeting with the Governor to discuss the families' plight, was not made a member of the council, as they had wished. Mr Wong, Ah-sum's father, said: ''Why can't they let Sister Maureen sit on the council? We asked Sister Maureen to join the Haemophilia Association a month ago because we thought she would need to be a member to represent us in the council. ''It is not the same appointing her as a sub-committee member because she will not be making decisions, she will only be making recommendations.''