Thank you for everyone who came to our joint campaign meeting with the Scottish Infected Blood Forum (SIBF) on Saturday. It was an extremely interesting and informative debate. We will post a report from the meeting for those who couldn’t be there as soon as possible.
One piece of feedback we’ve had was that people would like to know more about the upcoming meeting with Bishop James Jones. All the information we currently have about is detailed below. Bill Wright and Dan Farthing-Sykes will be attending on behalf of Haemophilia Scotland and look forward to seeing anyone else who is able to attend.
Bishop James Jones, former Bishop of Liverpool is Chairing a meeting of the affected communities and their representatives. The meeting is being supported and promoted by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood. No representatives of the Government will be present at the meeting.
12th September 2017. Refreshments will be available from 11:30am and the meeting will start at 12:30. There will be a break in the middle of the meeting which will finish at 3:00pm. The Bishop will be available informally for a short time afterwards.
BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP.
The Bishop has agreed that the purpose of the meeting is:
- To assist the Community in communicating to the Government their concerns with the process for setting up the Public Inquiry, (e.g. The Department of Health cannot be the sponsoring department);
- To assist the Community in discussing how they would want to be involved in drawing up the Terms of Reference;
- To assist the Community in communicating to the Government their own understanding of the next steps that need to be taken to set up the Inquiry.
Receipted, reasonable travel expenses will be met by the UK Government. Further information on how to reclaim travel costs following the meeting. The UK Government is, however, not able to cover accommodation costs.
We are grateful to The Haemophilia Society who are involved in organising this meeting and provided this information in their capacity as the Secretariat to the APPG on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood.