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UK ministers must “reconsider” decision on compensation to haemophiliacs

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 19 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c2123
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

    A British haemophiliac man who was infected with HIV and hepatitis C through contaminated blood products has won a legal challenge at the High Court in London over government compensation payments.

    Andrew March, 36, an award winning composer, won a judicial review of the government’s decision not to increase ex gratia payments in line with much higher payments made by the Republic of Ireland.

    Mr Justice Holman quashed UK ministers’ decision not to match the “very much higher” payments in Ireland, ruling that the government’s approach “had been, and remains, infected by an error.” The error was the belief that the Irish government decided to pay full compensation only …

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