Haemophilia Scotland recently wrote to the First Minister of Scotland, The Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, about our need for secure funding, parity of infected blood support across the UK, and the memorial fund.
In her reply the First Minister,
- Reiterates the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting those infected and affected by infected blood and blood products.
- Thanked us for our work helping the Inquiry understand the current approach taken in Scotland.
- Informed us that Scottish Government Officials have taken part in conversations with the rest of the UK about how to increase parity of support but that their has been no meeting involving the Paymaster General, The Rt. Hon Penny Mordaunt MP. The Scottish Government has not been involved in any conversations about a compensation framework.
- Pledged that if any additional money is made available from the Treasury then Haemophilia Scotland and the Scottish Infected Blood Forum (SIBF) will be consulted about how any extra funds for the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme (SIBSS) will be allocated.
- Congratulated us for the amount already raised by the memorial fund committee and assured us that both she and Ministerial colleagues are keen to support a suitable tribute and reminder.
Her letter concludes by saying that Joe FitzPatrick MSP, as the Minister responsible, would be happy to meet us to discuss the issue of parity in particular as it is progressed.
Donations to the memorial fund can be made at virginmoneygiving.com/fund/CBM. Fundraising is lead by bereaved families from both contaminated blood and blood products. They have the full support of both Haemophilia Scotland and the SIBF.