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Scotland breaks rank to offer compensation to hepatitis C victims

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 08 February 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:303
  1. Bryan Christie
  1. Edinburgh

    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. …

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