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Payments announced for patients infected with hepatitis C

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 January 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:246
  1. Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    British patients infected with hepatitis C through blood, blood products, or organ transplants during NHS treatment are to receive payments of up to £45 000 ($82 298, €65 417) under a government compensation scheme unveiled last week.

    The ex gratia scheme will include patients who have cleared the virus through antiviral treatment (but not those who have cleared it spontaneously), those who caught the virus from someone else who was infected by NHS treatment, and those who are also infected with HIV. …

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