Help us campaign for a debate on the Penrose Report in the Scottish Parliament

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

Image © Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body – 2012. Licensed under the Open Scottish Parliament Licence v1.0.

Haemophilia Scotland is calling for a debate in the Scottish Parliament shortly after the Penrose Inquiry Final Report is published on the 25th March.

MSPs have been working with those affected since the Scottish Parliament opened in 1999.  Now we have finally had an Inquiry MSPs must be given a chance to respond to its findings.

Richard Lyle MSP has been a great friend to us and the campaign in the Scottish Parliament.  He has tabled a motion noting our call for a debate.  We’d like to get as many MSPs as possible to sign.

The motion in full

Motion S4M-12139: Richard Lyle, Central Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/01/2015
Penrose Inquiry Final Report
That the Parliament welcomes the announcement by the Scottish Public Inquiry into Hepatitis C/HIV acquired infection from NHS treatment in Scotland with blood and blood products (Penrose Inquiry) that it will publish its final report on 25 March 2015; notes the commitment by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on 3 March 2011 that there would be “a further review of Stage 1 payments from the Skipton Fund and the implementation of the new measures announced today will be reviewed when the final report (and any recommendations) of the Penrose Inquiry, are considered”, and further notes the desire of Haemophilia Scotland that the Scottish Government debate the findings of the Penrose Inquiry as soon as possible after the publication of the report.

We’ve already emailed all the MSPs who are eligible to sign but now we need your help. The best way to get an MSP to do something is for someone they represent to ask them to do it.  We suggest using the very helpful website writetothem.com to get in touch with your MSPs and ask them to sign the motion.  Remember to contact both your constituency MSP and your regional list MSPs.  The list below shows if they have signed already.  If they have then it would be fantastic if you email them to thank them – that way they know that this issue is important to you.  If you contact an MSP and they refuse to sign please let us know.  You don’t need to send a long email but it works best if you tell them how the contaminated blood issue affects you.

The MSPs who have signed

Richard Lyle MSP (SNP) – Central Scotland
Christine Grahame MSP (SNP) – Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale
Rhoda Grant MSP (Scotish Labour) – Highlands and Islands
Tavish Scott MSP (Scottish Lib Dem) – Shetland
John Mason MSP (SNP) – Glasgow Shettleston
David Torrance MSP (SNP) – Kirkcaldy
Dave Thompson MSP (SNP)  – Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch
Rob Gibson MSP (SNP) – Caithness, Sutherland and Ross
Neil Findlay MSP (Scottish Labour) – Lothian
Kenneth Gibson MSP (SNP) – Cunninghame North
Colin Beattie MSP (SNP) – Midlothian North and Musselburgh
Malcolm Chisholm MSP (Scottish Labour) – Edinburgh Northern and Leith
Duncan McNeil MSP (Scottish Labour) – Greenock and Inverclyde
Jackie Baillie MSP (Scottish Labour) – Dumbarton
Mike MacKenzie MSP (SNP) – Highlands and Islands
Dennis Robertson MSP (SNP) – Aberdeenshire West
Adam Ingram MSP (SNP) – Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley
Jackson Carlaw MSP (Scottish Conservative) – West Scotland
Alison McInnes MSP (Scottish Lib Dem) – North East Scotland
Nanette Milne MSP (Scottish Conservatives) –
Sandra White MSP (SNP) – Glasgow Kelvin
Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) – West Scotland
Jean Urquhart MSP (Ind) – Highlands and Islands
Siobhan McMahon MSP (Scottish Labour) – Central Scotland
Elaine Murray MSP (Scottish Labour) – Dumfriesshire
Anne McTaggart MSP (Scottish Labour) – Glasgow
Jim Hume MSP (Scottish Lib Dem) – South Scotland
Johann Lamont MSP (Scottish Labour) – Glasgow Pollok
Kevin Stewart MSP (SNP) – Aberdeen Central

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