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Question reference: S3W-39739

  • Asked by: Michael Matheson, MSP for Falkirk West, Scottish National Party
  • Date lodged: 21 February 2011
  • Current status: Answered by Nicola Sturgeon on 22 February 2011


To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will consider changing the terms of reference of the Penrose inquiry investigating the circumstances in which patients were infected with hepatitis C or HIV following treatment, in light of evidence found by the inquiry.


After consultation with Lord Penrose, I have decided to amend the terms of reference on the basis of new evidence that has come to light in the form of medical reports which do not support a link between Mr Neil Mullen''s death and any treatment received by the NHS.

The revised term of reference 6 will be amended to read:

To investigate the deaths of Reverend David Black, Mrs Eileen O''Hara, Alexander Black Laing and Victor Tamburrini, with particular reference to the circumstances in which they became infected with the hepatitis C virus, HIV or both.