Health Insight April 2001:
NHS faces a bill for compensation that may reach £7m, following
a test case in the High Court. Mr Justice Burton ruled that 114 people,
who became infected with hepatitis C virus after receiving blood transfusions
or blood products, should receive payments. For the six 'lead cases' under
consideration the payments ranged from £10,000 to £210,000.
The judgement has been hailed as a landmark decision. It is the first multi-party action to go to court under the Consumer Protection Act 1987. A second case, involving nine people some of whom are haemophiliacs, will come to court in May. Meanwhile, however, the NHS has appealed against the judge's decision.
Source: BBC Online
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