Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care
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JJ Evans mailto:request-527732-
7 February 2019
Dear Mr Evans
Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1153384
Thank you for your request dated 21 October 2018 in which you asked the Department of Health
and Social Care (DHSC):
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Liability Estimate for Blood Products
Under FOI I am requesting the following information:
What Best Case Worst Case and other estimate(s) have been made on the potential costs
of Compensation to the State if liability is accepted or established in relation Factor VIII / IX
blood-products infected with HIV / Hepatitis C supplied by the NHS in the 1970's and 1980's.
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
DHSC holds relevant information, and attached is a document relating to the 1991 HIV litigation
which sets out ‘best’ and ‘worst’ case estimates for compensation costs.
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