NH hospital relief for payouts to patients during Hep-C outbreak
CONCORD — Exeter Hospital's motion to collect damages to cover costs and fees made to patients who were exposed during hepatitis C outbreak in 2012 but tested negative has been dismissed.
As recorded in court papers, the hospital made payouts to 188 patients who were "potentially exposed to the Hepatitis-C virus at Exeter Hospital, [and] tested negative.." in order to prevent lawsuits that patients could potentially file for "negligence or emotional distress" even if they were not found to have hepatitis C.
On October 31, 2016, U.S District Court Judge Steven McAuliffe ruled that the hospital would not receive reimbursement for the payouts because the hospital failed to provide a plausible case that the patients had been at risk or suffered emotional distress because of the tests they had to take.
According to the court papers, it is those reasons that the relief that Exeter Hospital sought is denied.