Contaminated blood payout

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Intravenous news: The BBC report “People in Scotland infected with hepatitis C from contaminated NHS blood products are to receive the same payouts as victims in England. The Scottish government has set aside £18m over five years to help those affected by serious illness. It will see compensation for victims suffering conditions such as liver disease double from £25,000 to £50,000. The money is targeted at people, mainly haemophiliacs, who were infected after being treated in the 1970s. It will also extend support to the families of those who died before 29 August 2003 as a result of receiving contaminated blood.

In addition, the changes mean that people who have developed serious illness will now be entitled to an annual payment of £12,800. The announcement comes two months after UK Health Secretary Andrew Lansley said victims south of the border would receive extra payments.

More than 4,000 people were infected by contaminated blood in the 1970s and 80s in England. The figure is thought to stand at a few hundred for Scotland.

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