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Hepatitis C sufferer to continue with medical negligence claim

Hepatitis C sufferer to continue with medical negligence claim

A woman who contracted hepatitis C after receiving contaminated blood as a child has vowed to continue her fight for compensation.

Speaking to the Herts Advertiser, the mother-of-two known as Nicky said three of her appeals for damages have been turned down by the Skipton Fund, a government payment scheme set up to compensate people who developed hepatitis as a result of tainted blood from the NHS.

Although her body has naturally cleared itself of hepatitis C, she has since contracted hepatitis G and was also diagnosed with breast cancer.

However, the Skipton Fund only provides medical negligence compensation for patients who can provide proof of a chronic hepatitis C infection.

Nicky, a haemophiliac, was one of about 5,000 people who were infected with the liver disorder after receiving blood procured from high-risk donors in the 1970s and 1980s.

She described the Skipton Fund's criteria for agreeing compensation as "discriminatory".

In October last year, the fund's appeals panel said it had dealt with 117 cases since October 2006, approving 117 and declining 102.

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Posted by Richard Saunders