News from Hepatitis Week of Feb. 9, 2003 / Vol. 3 No. 06

Scots Who Got Hepatitis C From Contaminated Blood to Be Compensated

Compensation may finally be coming to 568 people in Scotland who became infected years ago with the hepatitis C through contaminated blood products.

Pending the approval of parliament, a proposal from the healthy ministry would provide no more than 15 million pounds ($24.5 million) to compensate each person who has registered with the Scottish Center for Infection and Environmental Health.

Under the proposal, 25,000 pounds ($40,750) would go to each living patient. Another 25,000 pounds would be awarded to anyone who developed chronic liver disease because of the infection.

The infections occurred in the 1970s and 80s and mainly affected those who were hemophiliacs.

The surviving dependents of any infected individuals who have since died would not be included in the payouts.

Other sources: BBC