Penrose Inquiry Final Report to be published on Wed 25 March 2015

The Penrose Inquiry is set to announce a publication date early in 2015.

The Penrose Inquiry will publish his Final Report on Wed 25 March 2015

Publication of the Final Report of the Penrose Inquiry
Date: Wednesday 25 March 2015
Starts – 11am
Location: The Auditorium, National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF

It has been 6 years and 3 days since Lord Penrose was appointed by Nicola Sturgeon MSP to conduct a statutory Public Inquiry into the contaminated blood disaster in Scotland. It has been a long and sometimes frustrating process but we finally know when we will find out what Lord Penrose’s findings and recommendations are.

Yesterday we issued a brief statement to the media from our Chair, Bill Wright.

“We didn’t ask for these infections.  We did not want to spend decade after decade battling viruses, political and official intransigence and Governments alike. For us this Inquiry is about uncovering the truth and highlighting the impact this scandal has had on families all over Scotland.  What we do ask for now is a rapid debate in the Scottish Parliament and a Scottish Government statement on how Nicola Sturgeon’s pledge to review the financial support arrangements will be fulfilled.”

“We hear a lot these days about Social Justice.  How we protect and support those who society has failed will be an important test of what that means in practice. Scotland has until now led the way in investigating this catastrophe.  We must not fall at the final hurdle; the Scottish Government must deliver a Scottish settlement worthy of the name. On 10 December last year we wrote to the new Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport requesting a meeting.  We hope she will agree that the meeting is now urgent.”*

“They say that justice delayed is justice denied.  This report must deliver a just account of the disaster and the can be no further delays in coming forward with a final settlement.  We are just as eager to see proposals from the Scottish Government to achieve that as we are to read what we hope will be a definitive telling of one of the most distressing stories in the history of the NHS.”

*This morning we received a letter from the Cabinet Secretary’s office confirming that this meeting will go ahead.

The statement issued by the Penrose Inquiry said,

The Penrose Inquiry, the public inquiry into the circumstances in which patients treated by the NHS in Scotland became infected with Hepatitis C, HIV, or both,
through the use of blood or blood products, has announced that its Final Report will be published on 25 March 2015.

The Inquiry was set up by Scottish Ministers under the Inquiries Act 2005 and was announced by the then Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Nicola Sturgeon, in the Scottish Parliament on 23 April 2008.

To mark the publication of the Report, a press conference will be held in the Auditorium at the National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh on 25
March 2015, starting at 11am. At the press conference, which will also be open to Core Participants to the Inquiry and interested members of the public, the Chairman of the Inquiry, Lord Penrose, will outline the background to the Inquiry, along with the Inquiry’s key findings and recommendations.

More information

The press release from the Penrose Inquiry
The campaigning record of the Scottish Parliament
Closing Statement to the Penrose Inquiry from the Patient Interest perspective
Closing Submissions to the Penrose Inquiry from the Patient Interest perspective
Speech from Bill Wright, Haemophilia Scotland Chair, at a recent reception at the Scottish Parliament
Speech from Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Public Healt, at a recent reception at the Scottish Parliament
Report on support arrangements from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood

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