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No compensation for hepatitis C patients in Scotland

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: (Published 04 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1100
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    Claims by people with haemophilia in Scotland that the health service was negligent in leaving them exposed to the risk of hepatitis C infection from contaminated blood products longer than people in England have been rejected by an internal inquiry.

    The Scottish health minister, Susan Deacon, has responded by ruling out compensation for those affected.

    Scotland did not fully introduce a heat treatment system for eliminating hepatitis C from supplies of the clotting agent factor VIII until late 1987—more than two years after such a system …

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