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UK government doubles payments to haemophilia patients infected with HIV from contaminated blood but makes no increase for hepatitis C

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 22 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b2108
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    UK citizens with haemophilia who were infected with HIV from contaminated blood are to have their annual payments from the UK government doubled, but patients infected with hepatitis C will get nothing extra.

    The health minister Dawn Primarolo announced that government funding for two trusts, which make discretionary payments to people infected with HIV from contaminated blood, would be increased to allow payments of £12 800 (€14 700; $20 200) a year each. Current payments are about £6400.

    But the Skipton Fund, which dispenses money to people infected with hepatitis C, will get no further cash, although the government pledged to review the …

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