SIBF has received an update on the meeting on the 12th of September, from the Haemophilia Society who provide the secretariat duties for the APPG on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood. Representatives from SIBF will be attending. If you wish to attend this meeting, please let us know. Note the registration deadline is the 5th September. The UK Government has confirmed they will reimburse reasonable and receipted travel expenses. Please note accommodation expenses will not be reimbursed.
Update 31 August:
The venue has been confirmed for the meeting between Bishop James Jones and affected people on the 12th September (11:30 for a 12:30 start). It will be at BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP.
Update 29 August:
So far, the Goverment has not been forthcoming with further details on claiming expenses. We understand that a travel expenses claim form will be issued at the meeting on the 12th September and that the claim process may probably take 3 to 4 weeks from submission to reimbursement. We also understand a venue is being finalised and will be very close to Euston, St Pancras and King’s Cross train stations, near Tavistock Square. Further updates will be provided when known.
The update is shown below in its entirety:
Apologies for the delay while we confirmed details, but we can now provide further information on the meeting on the 12th September for the affected community. The meeting will take place at 1230 at a venue near Kings Cross and Euston stations in London. We will confirm the exact address as soon as possible.
The meeting is being supported and promoted by the APPG on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood. Bishop James Jones has kindly offered to chair the meeting to facilitate discussion and allow a clear message to be communicated back to the Government. No representatives of the Government will be present at the meeting.
This meeting is intended for the affected community and their representatives who should register in advance by emailing Diana Johnson on JOHNSOND@parliament.uk. We ask people who have not already done so to please confirm their attendance by the 5th September at the latest.
The Bishop has agreed that the purpose of the meeting is:
1. To assist the Community in communicating to the Government their concerns with the process for setting up the Public Inquiry, (e.g. DH cannot be the Sponsoring Body);
2. To assist the Community in discussing how they would want to be involved in drawing up the Terms of Reference;
3. To assist the Community in communicating to the Government their own understanding of the next steps that need to be taken to set up the Inquiry.
Attendees can arrive at the venue from 1130 and refreshments will be available. The meeting will start promptly at 1230 but we will have a break in the middle. The meeting will finish by 1500, although the Bishop is keen to meet affected individuals informally for a short while after the meeting.
Receipted, reasonable travel expenses will be met by the Government. We will send further information on how to reclaim travel costs following the meeting. The Government is, however, not able to cover accommodation costs.
If you have any further questions about the meeting please email or call the Haemophilia Society who have assisted in organising this meeting and provide the Secretariat to the APPG on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood.
Policy and Public Affairs Manager”