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Victims launch legal case

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Saturday, January 17, 2015

LONDON - Three men who contracted hepatitis C from contaminated imported blood have begun a legal case in the UK to challenge the compensation scheme.

They say it is unfair under disability discrimination because other patients in the same scandal have more favourable terms.

A new parliamentary report says around 7500 patients were infected by imported blood products.

The Government said it was considering improvements to the support system.

The three men, who are pursuing the case anonymously, claim the compensation scheme discriminates against them for having the hepatitis C virus, by paying them far less than patients with HIV receive.

Just under 6000 people have been identified as having contracted hepatitis C and more than 1500 others the virus which can lead to Aids, according to the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood.

More than 2000 patients are thought to have died as a result of what has been called "the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS".

"The report says thousands of people in the UK — many of them with haemophilia — were infected when they were treated with blood products imported from the US in the 1970s and 80s.

An independent inquiry report six years ago described the events as a "horrific human tragedy".

Lawyer Rosa Curling, from the law firm Leigh Day, is representing the three men.








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