HC Deb 11 February 1999 vol 325 c348W
Mr. Wigley

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made with regard to compensating persons infected with hepatitis C as a result of NHS treatment; and if he will make a statement. [70051]

Mr. Hutton

I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Bolsover (Mr. Skinner) on 17 November 1998,Official Report, columns 697–98.

Audrey Wise

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people with haemophilia are suffering from hepatitis C through receiving infected blood products through the NHS prior to 1986; and if their condition is being monitored. [70167]

Mr. Hutton

We estimate that 4,000 people with haemophilia were infected with hepatitis C through their National Health Service treatment with blood products before the introduction of viral inactivation processes in 1985. All patients infected in this way are referred to a specialist for further assessment, observation and treatment as appropriate.

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