Today’s Daily Record draws attention to the lack of progress from the UK Government on the contaminated blood issue and features strong comments from Bruce Norval.
In our comment we highlighted the desperate need for the £25 million that David Cameron has announced to be distributed to those affected as an urgent interim payment. There are too many people affected by the disaster who are struggling at the end of every week. While a new scheme is designed the UK Government must release the £25 million for interim payments. The Scottish Government has already made clear that if this were to happen then they would match the pledge for people in Scotland.
Diana Johnston MP, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood today forced the UK Government to come to the House of Commons to defend their position. In response they announced that they would begin a consultation “in the autumn” which would conclude by the end of the year. This is simply matching the commitment which the Scottish Government has already made. However, the UK Government hasn’t matched the Scottish Government’s promise to have a new scheme in place by World Haemophilia Day (17th April 2016). The UK Government announcement still has not made clear how the £25 million will be spent.