Scotland breaks rank to offer compensation to hepatitis C victimsBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7384.303/b (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:303
- Bryan Christie
Scottish ministers have signalled their intention to compensate people who contracted hepatitis C from contaminated blood products, in the latest health policy split to emerge in the United Kingdom. A compensation package has already been ruled out in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The Scottish Executive is prepared to make £15m ($25m; ‡23m) available to help 568 people who are registered as having contracted hepatitis C before screening was introduced to remove it from blood supplies. It is not planned to offer payments to dependants of infected people who have already died. …