Sir Brian Langstaff, Chair of the Infected Blood Inquiry, is writing a letter to everyone affected by the contaminated blood and blood products disaster. In Scotland, the letter is being sent out by the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme.
Haemophilia Scotland has agreed to help get the letter out to those affected who are not eligible for financial support but were still affected. We know there are people who don’t have enough surviving medical records to get support from the current schemes; often referred to as the Stage Zeros. We also think there will be bereaved families who aren’t registered. We would be very grateful if everyone reading this post could pass on a copy of the letter to anyone they think might be otherwise be missed.
The covering letter from the Inquiry team says,
In February 2018 Sir Brian Langstaff, a highly experienced High Court judge, was appointed to Chair the Inquiry and a team is being established to support this important work. Sir Brian will be the full-time Chair of the Inquiry from 1 May following his retirement from the High Court. However, in order that people affected by this tragedy face no further undue delay, he will use the
intervening period to conduct a further consultation on the Inquiry’s terms of
reference. We are very grateful to people who have already provided contributions and would encourage others to do so.
Sir Brian has written an introductory letter to all victims of this tragedy. This
letter, a copy of which is attached, sets out his determination to put people at
the heart of the Inquiry and contains details of the consultation on the terms of
reference. Further details on the consultation can be found at www.infectedbloodinquiry.org.uk. Copies of the key consultation documents
are also attached for those who may have problems accessing the internet.
We have asked the scheme you are registered with to send this letter to you.
Your details have not been shared with us. If you would like to receive further
information on the Inquiry please do consult the website or feel free to contact
us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on our freephone number 0808
Infected Blood Inquiry Team
Haemophilia Scotland, the SIBF, and independent campaigners in Scotland are working together to develop a response to the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference Consultation. This will be discussed at a members’ campaigns meeting at the Apex Haymarket in Edinburgh on the 21st of April. A small group will then meet with Sir Brian Langstaff and his team to put forward our views.