Some 4,670 haemophiliacs
who received blood transfusions in the 1970s and 1980s were infected with hepatitis C - with 1,243 also being infected with HIV.
Of course the maintenance of the life of a haemophiliac
is itself expensive, and I am very much afraid that those who are already doomed will generate savings which more than cover the cost of testing blood donations.
The spokesman, who also contracted HIV and Hepatitis C as a result of receiving factor eight, added that although the outcome of the case when it came Britain would not change his or other sufferers' eventual fate, haemophiliacs
given the treatment should be adequately compensated for the illnesses which are among the most "stigmatised in the world".
But the professor, who was a consultant haematologist in Birmingham at the time, said there were differing scientific views on the best treatment for haemophiliacs
- with recommendations to continue using blood products which turned out to be contaminated.
Both were haemophiliacs
who had received infected blood products.
But every haemophiliac
in the country who used Factor VIII during more difficult to say how many were infected with Hepatitis C the total runs to hundreds.
Although the past can't be undone, the review of the events and decisions that led to the tragedy may offer some hope to families in coming to terms with what happened more than 25 years ago, where infected blood was bought in from America to treat haemophiliac
The Government agreed a compensation deal with haemophiliacs
in 1991, but lawyers for Haydn and his wife have argued it was too little.
More than 2,000 haemophiliacs
died as a result of exposure to the fatal viruses in what fertility expert Lord Winston dubbed "the worst treatment disaster in the history of the NHS".
He urged other haemophiliacs
who had received a letter from the Government to use their anger and fear to call for a public inquiry and demand answers.
The patient, who wanted to remain anonymous, said he and another 50 haemophiliacs
, he were considering legal action against the Government and health authorities.
He said: "Being a haemophiliac
is like being a human dumping ground for bad blood.