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Up to date Parliamentary Activity

Diana Johnson’s written question to the Secretary of State for Health on 8th Sept 2016 and answered by  Nicola Blackwood, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) on 13th Sept 2016:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2016-09-08/45753/

Alistair Burt’s written question to Secretary of State for Health on 20th Oct 2016 and answered by  Nicola Blackwood, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health) on 28th Oct 2016:

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-questions-answers/?page=1&max=20&questiontype=AllQuestions&house=commons%2clords&use-dates=True&answered-from=2016-10-20&answered-to=2016-10-20&member=1201&dept=17

 

Inquiry – Teresa May / Diana Johnson correspondance Sept 2016

After Diana Johnson asked the Prime Minister for an Inquiry into the contaminated blood issue on 14th September 2016, this was Theresa May’s written reply:

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PM letter to DJ P1PM letter to DJ P2

As it seemed that the Prime Minister had misunderstood / side stepped or ignored the points raised, this was Diana Johnson’s response:

DJ to PM P1DJ to PM P2DJ to PM P3

Public Enquiry

After the disappointing Government response to the woefully inadequate Consultation Report, we at The Forgotten Few are calling the Government to account and directly demanding a full Public Inquiry into the Contaminated Blood Issue. More to follow shortly…

Screening of the film Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale in the UK

TFF would like to help raise awareness of this event in London later in the year.

Hello all, This is first call for those who will want to attend, I have organised this independent of any campaign group and all are welcome.

Over the last couple of months I have been trying to organise a screening of the film Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale in the UK, which is now set to go ahead. This full-length documentary film tells the tale of the Bad Blood Scandal from a Haemophilia perspective and contains numerous interviews with Drug Company Executives, FDA Officials and more. The film was co-written by Marilyn Ness and Sheila Curran Bernard and produced by Big Mouth Productions.

The event is limited to 185 seats so grab your tickets early to avoid disappointment. I would also urge you to invite your MP / Press contacts)

Entry is free however you will need a ticket, if you would like a ticket please contact me on Facebook with your e-mail address or you can apply here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bad-blood-a-cautionary-tale-tickets-26636393169

Please see the event page for more info and feel free to contact me with any questions:

https://www.facebook.com/events/998622806925246/?active_tab=highlights

Many Thanks,

Jason Evans

The Latest Settlement Proposals

TFF STATEMENT REGARDING THE LATEST SETTLEMENT PROPOSALS 20TH JULY 2016

The Forgotten Few would like to state our position with regards to the latest settlement proposals from the Department of Health.

We would like to thank our supporters in Parliament for their continued work with us in trying to bring about a just settlement for those Co-infected by contaminated blood products. We are certain that they along with us, are extremely disappointed by the proposals put forward by the DoH.

The latest proposals once again fall way short of the mark needed by this group to enable us to even consider accepting the financial package suggested, and therefore we are in no doubt that we once again, are forced to continue our fight for justice, and will do so until a satisfactory settlement can be reached.

We reject the latest piece meal offer from the DoH,  and would like to assure all Co-infected people that we will continue to campaign for a fair resolution to the scandal they have been the victims of for so many years.

A further statement of our position will follow shortly.

Thank you

Consultation Update

The Government launched a 12 week consultation on the reform of the financial and other support for those affected by contaminated blood on 21st January 2016. This consultation closed on 15th April 2016.

On 13th July 2016, the Government published its response to the consultation:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/537396/Consultation_response.pdf

The Forgotten Few will be giving our reactions to this response once we have clarification of the details.

Scottish Government Announcement 18th March 2016

Scottish Government Announcement 18th March 2016

The Scottish Government has today announced acceptance of the key financial recommendations of the independent Financial Review group looking at the issue of financial support for people affected by infected NHS blood and blood products.

Nicola Sturgeon’s government also confirmed a new Scottish scheme will be established for people who became infected with HIV and hepatitis C after treatment in Scotland, and their dependents. Current support packages for those affected by infected blood are delivered through UK-wide schemes.

The recommendations, which will be implemented in full in Scotland, are:

• Annual payments for those with HIV and advanced hepatitis C will be increased from £15,000 a year to £27,000 a year, to reflect average earnings
• Those with both HIV and hepatitis C will have annual payments increased from £30,000 to £37,000 to reflect additional health needs
• When a recipient dies, their spouse or civil partner will continue to receive 75 per cent of their annual payment 
• Those infected with chronic hepatitis C will receive a £50,000 lump sum payment (previously £20,000), meaning an additional £30,000 for those who have already received the lower payment
• A new Support and Assistance Grants scheme will be established in Scotland, to administer and provide more flexible grants to cover additional needs. Scottish Government funding for this scheme will be increased from £300,000 to £1 million per year.

To read the full article:
http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Extra-20-million-for-infected-blood-support-2418.aspx
The Forgotten Few continue their struggle for justice in this matter.
Twitter account @theforgotten284

IMPORTANT 24 February 2016…Responding to Consultation….

Most people will have by now read the Governments proposals for scheme reform.

Many will now be wondering how they should or shouldn’t respond when it comes to filling in the consultation as part of the suggested process by Government.

At this stage our stance is that, owing to the extremely complex nature, and vagueness of the consultation document, we think that given the closing date of the 15th April 2016, there is no need to feel pressured into thinking that you must fill it in immediately.

We are awaiting information that we hope will give further clarity to people, to enable them to fill in the consultation document in a much more informed way.

So in the meantime, please keep a regular check on this thread and we hope to post more information when it becomes available.

Thank you.

IMPORTANT 23 February 2016 …HS appointed MFT Trustees..

Following the receipt of a covering letter and information sheet from the MFT with regards to the government proposals for scheme reform, it has been acknowledged that the decision to send such information to beneficiaries was taken by the board of the MFT.
 
Of the members of the board of the MFT, there are two trustees who have connections to the HS (Haemophilia Society) and their conduct has been questioned before.
 
For a second time, we now see conduct from the two trustees that beggars belief.
 
The MFT have created a terrible sense of fear and uncertainty by sending beneficiaries its take on the financial implications of the government’s scheme reform proposals. As we are well aware, the government’s proposals are incomplete at this stage, but that has made no difference to the MFT who took it upon itself to send beneficiaries information which they must have known would cause distress and anxiety.
 
Once again the two HS connected trustees keep silent and give their support to the MFT.
 
How much longer is the HS going to protect these two trustees and hide behind a feeble excuse that they cannot control them or remove them?
 
Are we once again to take it that the HS will sit by and allow the two trustees to be part of a board that makes decisions that have detrimental effects and consequences on beneficiaries?
 
The bottom line is the board of the MFT agreed to send incomplete and misleading information to beneficiaries that has caused terrible upset and anguish, yet the HS do nothing.
 
Maybe it is time that the two HS connected trustees answered to the beneficiaries over their shameful conduct and lack of courage?
 
Their silence speaks volumes about their involvement and principles.
 
What else have they kept silent about, and what will they stay silent about next?

IMPORTANT 23 February 2016 LATEST POSTS …. MFT information to beneficiaries…..

Following the recent information sent by the MFT to it’s registrants, regarding the government scheme reform proposals and consultation, a number of primary beneficiaries have contacted one of our members to gain some sort of idea of what the MFT were doing by sending them information which states that the government proposals are not something that would benefit registrants, and by “opting” to keep the existing schemes in their current form, people would not lose any of their support that they currently receive.
 
We are astounded and outraged at the MFT for producing information that clearly gives a “them or us” scenario, in an attempt  (we believe) to leave no other option for registrants than to opt to stay as things are now.
 
We find it disgraceful that the MFT has waded into the campaign to seemingly try and save its own skin after years of doing nothing other than being government’s puppets.
 
1)      The MFT, as pointed out by the current chairman Roger Evans at past PG meetings, is “not there to campaign on our behalf, nor make representations for increased funding, but to simply distribute the funds allocated by government”. We now see a complete u-turn, with the MFT trying to almost influence what registrants should opt for, in the hope they will not be worse off.  We have to ask ourselves, why the sudden interest in our welfare, when it has never been of significance before.
 
2)      The MFT has gone to great lengths to produce an information sheet, explaining what registrants currently receive in the way of support, versus what they stand to lose under the government’s proposed reformed scheme.  At NO POINT does the MFT make it clear that the current, or any future funding is GUARANTEED ! from themselves.  This is simply because it is NOT.  So, it is appalling that the MFT have implied that registrants would be better off staying with the current scheme set up, and its funding level.  This has produced a false sense of security for some people, and we feel may have created a conflict of interest.
 
3)      The MFT do not know the parameters of the government’s proposed scheme reform. So, the MFT in our opinion had no right to send information to registrants outlining potential financial losses or gains, when it does not have clarity from the government about every aspect of a new scheme, and how it may or may not affect registrants financially. 
 
4)      The MFT have caused a great deal of distress and anguish by sending registrants unconfirmed and inconclusive information regarding finances and the impact it could have on their futures. Our understanding is that it would have been prudent to have written to the Minister responsible for overseeing the current proposals and consultation, to seek clarity on what information could have been sent to registrants that would have been helpful, and not had such a disastrous consequence as that which we are seeing now.  It is totally inexcusable that the MFT have taken matters into their own hands and caused such terrible worry and anxiety with their actions.  Yet another reason why the MFT is unfit for purpose, and we are currently taking legal advice with regards to the upset and despair it has caused beneficiaries.
 
It is well known that MFT primary beneficiaries (due to the nature of their infections, and history) feel extremely vulnerable at the best of times, and stress is a thing to be avoided wherever possible due to the adverse affect it can have on the immune system, and the person’s mental wellbeing. This latest involvement of the MFT has not only caused huge unjustified concern for people regarding their finances, it has created a sense of panic among some people, as they simply don’t know how to cope with what they may be faced with.