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Motion tabled in the Scottish Parliament calling for better funding for new SIBSS payments

Richard LyleLong-time friend of the contaminated blood and blood products campaign, Richard Lyle MSP, has tabled a motion to the Scottish Parliament today calling for better funding for the new regular payments for those severely and moderately affected by chronic hepatitis C infections from contaminated blood and blood products.

The Scottish Government has announced it is going to introduce these new payments and those affected have returned forms declaring which category of impact is relevant in their case.  All that remains is for sufficient budget to be identified and for Ministers to set the level of the payments.

Haemophilia Scotland and the Scottish Infected Blood Forum have been working together on this issue.  We are concerned that we have had no assurances that sufficient new money has been found so are strongly urging all MSPs to sign the motion.

Motion S5M-14783: Richard Lyle, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/11/2018

Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme

That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Scottish Government to implement the recommendations in the publication, Clinical Review of the Impacts of Hepatitis C: Short Life Working Group Report for the Scottish Government, and calls on the Scottish Government to increase the budget of the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme by at least £1.5 million to ensure regular support payments to those with chronic hepatitis C who are severely or moderately affected are sufficient to meet their needs and the legacy impact of the infections.

It’s very important that as many MSPs as possible add their names in support of the motion.  The best way of getting them to do that is for people affected by the contaminated blood and blood products disaster to contact all of their local MSPs and ask them to sign the motion.

Remember you have 8 MSPs who represent you in the Scottish Parliament; 1 who represents your local constituency and 7 who represent your region.  They are all equally your MSP and you should be able to expect the same level of service from all of them.  It doesn’t matter if you voted for them or not, it’s their job to represent you.

The easiest way of finding out who your MSPs is and getting their email address is to put you postcode into the Scottish Parliament website,

Find your MSPs

It works best if you write your own email, especially if you’d like to let them know about your own experience, but you might want to say something like,

I’m writing to you as one of my local MSPs to ask you to support everyone who was infected and affected by being treated by the NHS with contaminated blood or blood products.

The Scottish Government recently announced that they were introducing new regular support payments for those who are severely or moderately affected by the hepatitis C.  However, it’s vital that the level of those payments are sufficient to address the impact the infections has had on our lives.

Richard Lyle MSP has tabled a motion (S5M-14783) in support of our calls for the new payments to be properly funded.  I’m writing to you today to ask you to add your name to the motion.  Please show that you recognise the pain, suffering, and loss that has been caused by these infections by backing the motion.

We expect the Scottish Government to make a decision about the level of payments in the next couple of weeks so it’s important to contact your MSPs as soon as possible if you want your voice to be heard.

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