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 7,500 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 6,000 people have been identified as having contracted hepatitis C and more than 1,500 others the Aids virus, according to the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood. More than 2,000 patients are thought to have died as a result of what has been called “the worsttreatment disaster in the history of the NHS”. “We believe it is clearly unlawful that one group of sufferers of a serious virus are treated differently.”