Blood: Contamination

Health written question – answered on 27th November 2012.

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Photo of Nick Harvey Nick Harvey Liberal Democrat, North Devon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is taking to compensate people who received contaminated blood and are suffering from consequences other than HIV and hepatitis C.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

There are no plans to introduce any financial support schemes for those treated with contaminated blood or blood products supplied by the national health service, beyond those already in place to support people infected with human immunodeficiency virus or hepatitis C.

The vCJD Trust compensates any individuals who may have suffered on the balance of probabilities from variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD), and their families, irrespective of how the disease was contracted, and were resident in the United Kingdom for five years between 1982 and 1996.

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