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Haemophilia man set to sue NHS on risk of v CJD.

A HAEMOPHILIAC patient is considering legal action after being told he may be at risk of the human form of mad cow disease.

The man, from Warrington, received one of a batch of letters being sent to patients warning them they could have been infected after receiving blood plasma on the NHS.

The Department of Health, which has sent out to thousands of warning letters, insists the move is precautionary and the risk of any of these patients developing v CJD (variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease) is small.

But the 53-year-old today said he was ``horrified'' and is seeking legal advice.

Treated for haemophilia since he was 14, he is worried about how being placed in the ``atrisk'' category for the disease will affect his future treatment in the NHS.

Along with 50 other haemophiliacs, he is considering legal action against the government and health authorities.

n Have you had a v CJD letter? Ring health reporter Helen Clarke on 0151-4722469.
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Date:Sep 22, 2004
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