Today the Health and Sport Committee of the Scottish Parliament took evidence about the Scottish Government’s response to the Penrose Inquiry Final Report.
In his evidence Bill Wright, Haemophilia Scotland, emotionally emphasized the urgent need to get the enhanced financial support arrangements in place. Philip Dolan, Scottish Infected Blood Forum, complained that his note of descent was not included in the recommendations report of the financial support review group. In her evidence, Petra Wright stressed the importance of recognizing extra-hepatic manifestations of Hepatitis C infection.
Later, the committee heard from the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing, and Sport, Shona Robison MSP. The Cabinet Secretary told the committee that she understood the urgency and was hoping to use the current financial support arrangements to start making improved payments before any new Scottish organisation was set up. She also particularly welcomed the recommendation from the review group that the criteria for ongoing support (Stage 2) should be reviewed to change to look at overall health impact and not just consider liver damage.
Finally, she confirmed that that the Scottish Government will make an full announcement before the Scottish Parliament purdah. Until now she had committed to making an announcement before 17 April. Today’s clarification brings that date forward to before midnight on the 23rd of March.
The whole session can be watched on scottishparliament.tv