Diana Johnson MP recently wrote to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, on the 14th of July seeking clarifications and urged the PM not to proceed with the Department of Health taking responsibility for the consultation into the scope of the Inquiry.
It is also somewhat worrying that the Department of Health is meeting this Thursday at Richmond House in London, reportedly without victims or families present.
Please see below for the letter in its entirety.
It is critical that the terms of reference/scope of the Inquiry are justifiably wide to ensure it encapsulates all those affected by this disaster and the Inquiry should learn the lessons from the Penrose Inquiry and the Hillsborough Independent Panel.
The Forum’s remit is to represent both aspects of the community. It would seem obvious that haemophiliac’s should not be pitted against non-haemophiliacs, i.e. transfusion cases. The infected and affected community should remain united by the common injustices they face and not be splintered through civil servant, solicitor or other interventions.
‘Divide and rule’ is still alive and well in politics; it can be defined as: “gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. It breaks up existing power structures, and especially prevents smaller power groups from linking up, causing rivalries and fomenting discord among the people”