Hunt begins for patients suspected of having hepatitis C

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 21 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:146

About 3000 former hospital patients who received blood transfusions before September 1991 are to be traced by health officials because they may be infected with hepatitis C virus. The junior health minister, Tom Sackville, said that the patients would be offered counselling and, if necessary, treatment.

All blood donations in Britain have been routinely tested for antibodies to hepatitis C virus since September 1991. But, said Mr Sackville, “Prior to that …

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