Deaths from infected blood products (FOI)
Deaths from infected blood products (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 20 May 2022.
Prepared internally, no external costs.
How many haemophiliacs in Jersey have died of H.I.V and / or Hepatitis C as a result of being given infected blood products in the period 1975 to date.
Health and Community Services recognises the impact that infected blood products given to haemophiliac patients has had on those affected and their families and would like to be able to assist with a response. However, despite efforts to do so, Health and Community Services has determined that it is unable to provide a figure in response to this request for the following reasons.
Due to records held across numerous filing systems and data sets, a manual review of individual records would be required. In the event that patients were identified as having received infected blood products, it is likely that HCS may not have a record of an outcome for the individual if, for example, they had moved off-Island or died outside of the care of Health and Community Services. It is probable that the medical records of patients have been managed in line with retention schedules and are no longer available.
Consequently, both Article 3 and Article 16 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 have been applied as Health and Community Services does not hold data that it considers complete enough to provide a response and it would take longer than 12.5 hours to attempt to provide a figure, which is ultimately unlikely to be reliable.
Information about the Infected Blood Enquiry can be found at Infected Blood Inquiry (org.uk)
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