Joint statement ahead of meeting with Bishop James Jones
Today, representatives of both Haemophilia Scotland and the Scottish Infected Blood Forum will be in London to attend a meeting between people affected by contaminated blood and blood products and the former Bishop of Liverpool, James Jones. We will be expressing the views of our members from our recent joint campaign meeting and have jointly issued the short statement below.
In our united view, the UK Public Inquiry should be a statutory Inquiry under the 2005 Inquiries Act. It should be conducted by a panel rather than a Chair and they should be appointed as soon as possible with appropriate input from affected people. The wrong Chair and Panel is worse than no Chair and Panel. There must be Scottish Core Participants and Scottish legal representation.
We want people to make their own decision about whether or not to attend the meeting with the Bishop. The Scottish charities are attending because we want to take opportunities to engage and put forward the Scottish perspective. Therefore, we are not boycott the meeting or planning to walk out of it. We take the Bishop at his word and believe him when he is says that he is making a genuine attempt to help.
Haemophilia Scotland and the Scottish Infected Blood Forum are both currently working with Thompsons Solicitors.
We continue to call for the Department of Health to step aside in favour of another Department taking the lead establishing a UK Inquiry.