12:27, September 26 322 0 theguardian.com

2017-09-26 12:27:03
Contaminated blood scandal victims allowed to sue government for compensation

About 500 victims and relatives of haemophiliac patients killed by contaminated blood products have been given permission to sue the government for compensation.

A high court judge at a preliminary hearing dismissed attempts by lawyers for the Department of Health to delay the claim and granted a group litigation order to begin legal proceedings.

More than 2,400 people are estimated to have died after receiving imported blood-clotting products derived from blood plasma manufactured in the United States during the 1970s and 1980s. The products were infected with hepatitis C and HIV.

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