Japan proposes settlement for tainted blood

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1044

Japanese judges have proposed an out of court settlement to end six years of litigation by people with haemophilia who contracted HIV infection from contaminated blood products. The Tokyo and Osaka district courts recommended that 200 patients with haemophilia currently suing five companies and the government for negligence should each receive 45 million yen (pounds sterling290000) in damages. Neither the victims nor the state have yet decided whether to accept the proposal, which was issued earlier this month.

A spokesman for the health ministry, Tsutomu Takabayashi, said: “It's too early to say whether the plan …

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