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Hard-up hepatitis C patients poised to get government cash

Charity set up to aid patients infected with hep C from NHS blood products

Caroline White

Thursday, 27 October 2011

The Department of Health has set up a new charity to provide financial assistance for people infected with hepatitis C from NHS contaminated blood before September 1991. 

The establishment of the Caxton Foundation is part of a package of support announced in January 2011, for anyone who contracted the viral infection in the late 1970s and 1980s as a result of NHS treatment. 

The package included the introduction of an annual payment of £12,800 for those with the most serious hepatitis C-related disease; a doubling of the one-off payment already made to those with the most serious hepatitis C-related disease to £50,000; and discretionary payments for those most in need of financial assistance. 

The Caxton Foundation will take care of discretionary payments to affected patients, or in the case of those who have already died, to their families.

To qualify as a potential beneficiary, the patient or a direct family member must have already received a payment from the Skipton Fund, the ex-gratia payment scheme that makes fixed payments to individuals who were infected with hepatitis C before September 1991.

Claimants will also need to be able to prove that the help they are seeking is genuinely necessary, and cannot be financed from their own resources.

The Foundation will start making payments in November. Applicants can register online at the Caxton Foundation.

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