An update from our Chair, Bill Wright, about the upcoming meeting with the UK Department of Health.
Following on from Sir Brian Langstaff’s letter to the Cabinet Office Minister on the question of financial hardship experienced by those infected across the UK the Department of Health have asked to meet a small number of infected campaigners largely based in England, but also one from each of the other schemes administered in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.
I have been asked to travel down from Scotland to meet the UK Minister responsible, Jackie Doyle Price MP and would welcome any views that members of either Haemophilia Scotland or the Scottish Infected Blood Forum have on the financial support they receive compared to the rest of the UK. I am particularly keen to hear from anyone that is infected or widowed living in Scotland but where the infection is recorded as in England / Wales / NI and they are not in receipt of support from the Scottish Infected Blood Support Scheme. I can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org preferably before January 8th. If you prefer a phone conversation, let me have a number either via email or the office and I can get back to you.
Any thoughts, particularly those from anyone still suffering serious financial hardship will be treated in the utmost confidence.
Thanking you in anticipation.
All the best,