Yesterday (11.03.05) Shona Robison MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing, and Sport had her second meeting with Haemophilia Scotland since taking over from Alex Neil MSP.
She has a long track record of involvement in the contaminated blood issue going back to the earliest days of the Scottish Parliament. For example she raised the Ross Report at First Ministers Questions back in 2003.
At the recent meeting we discussed the importance of listening to our community about how to learn lessons from the Penrose Report, and in reviewing the support arrangements for those affected. However, that can’t be allowed to cause undue delay before there is a substantive response from the Scottish Government – people have waited long enough. We also had an assurance that a distinctly Scottish support settlement has not been ruled out.
A lot now rests on what Lord Penrose includes in his report but, in the meantime, it seems that the Scottish Government is committed to an open dialogue with all those affected in Scotland.
Until then, don’t forget to get your local MSPs involved by contacting them about Richard Lyle MSP’s motion on the Penrose Inquiry Final Report.