Thank you to everyone who has already been involved in the Scottish Contaminated Blood Financial Support Review Group consultation.
We’ve now had five extremely interesting meetings in Edinburgh, Inverness, Dundee, Glasgow and Aberdeen. In addition, we are very please with the number of questionnaires returned, by post and online. Because some people received the letter late, and because of the Bank Holiday, any returns that arrive in the next few days will still be included. We have also had one-to-one conversations with several people and have some more scheduled over the coming week.
It is a great testament to the resilience of those who have been affected by this disaster that so many have been able to respond to the consultation so quickly. Everyone on the group is extremely grateful for the effort everyone has put into letting us have their views.
We’d also like to thank our friends from south of the border who have resisted the understandable urge to try and influence the process in Scotland. We deeply sympathize with the frustration of not having a similar process running over the summer in other parts of the UK. However, nobody wants to cause the delay which would inevitably result in the Scottish consultation seeming to be compromised. There is a high awareness that some of those affected are in extremely urgent need of support as soon as possible. It is great to have the support of the wider community on this.
If you or your loved one was infected in Scotland, or you live in Scotland, then you are entitled to take part in the consultation. If that applies to you, and you haven’t received your letter, please contact Dan Farthing-Sykes at Haemophilia Scotland (0131 524 7286 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for a copy of the questionnaire. Alternatively, contact details for Philip Dolan of the Scottish Infected Blood Forum, who can also supply copies, can be found at http://sibf.ninedesignstudio.co.uk/.