Lord Penrose has designated a number of organisations and individuals as core participants. Please follow the link below to see the current list:
For a full explanation of the designation of core participants and their anonymity, please follow the link below:
Lord Penrose has published his Preliminary Report which can be found at the link below:
Penrose Inquiry Preliminary Report
Lord Penrose has invited comment on the draft list of topics for examination at public hearings, which can be found in chapter 1 following on from paragraph 1.70, by 31 October 2010. You will also find a link to the draft list of topics below. If you have any comments please write to:
Secretary to the Inquiry
44 Drumsheugh Gardens
The draft list of topics for examination at oral hearings can be found here: Draft list of topics for examination at oral hearings [DOC - 26Kb]
Updated guidance for patients and relatives
Lord Penrose has issued updated guidance for patients and relatives about the time available to finalise written statements. For more details please clik on the link below.
An additional submission on the topic of statistics has been received from the Haemophilia Society, patients and relatives. Please follow this link and go to the foot of the page: Closing Submissions
6 October 2011
Public Hearings - Additional Topic
In response to representations from core participants, Lord Penrose has decided to add an additional topic for examination during the next phase of hearings, scheduled to commence on 6 September 2011:
C3a) The use of blood product concentrates in Scotland in the period between the introduction of NHS heat treated products in 1984 and the supply of NHS products sufficiently treated to inactivate Hepatitis C
For the full list of topics, please follow this link:
List of Topics for Public Hearings [DOC - 30Kb]
16 June 2010
Updated Guidance for Patients and Relatives
Lord Penrose has issued updated guidance for patients and relatives about the time available to finalise written statements. For more details please click on the link below..
20 February 2010
Guidance for Providing a Witness Statement
Some additional information is now available for anyone who is interested in providing a witness statement or has agreed to make a statement to the Inquiry. If you, or someone in your family, has contracted HIV or Hepatitis C from blood or blood products administered by the NHS in Scotland, you may wish to make a statement. These documents aim to provide helpful advice. Please click on a link to download a copy.
19 November 2009
New Procedural Direction
Lord Penrose has issued the following direction: Inquiry Procedure Direction No 3.1 - Applications for legal representation at public expense.
The Direction together with an application form are available in the Procedures section of this website. They replace the previous Inquiry Procedure Direction No 3 - applications for legal representation at public expense, which applied only to those providing a witness statement or documents during Phase 1 of the Inquiry. The new procedure direction applies not only to persons providing a witness statement and/or documents to the Inquiry, but also to those claiming such a particular interest in the Inquiry as to justify the funding of their legal representation at public expense.
Amended Terms of Reference
Lord Penrose has agreed to a request from Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, to investigate three further deaths as part of the Inquiry. These are in addition to the deaths of the Reverend David Black and Mrs Eileen O’Hara, which are already within the Inquiry’s terms of reference. As a consequence, term of reference number 6 has been amended to:
‘To investigate the deaths of Reverend David Black, Mrs Eileen O’Hara, Alexander Black Laing, Neil Mullen and Victor Tamburrini, with particular reference to the circumstances in which they became infected with the Hepatitis C virus, HIV or both.’
The full Terms of Reference can be found at:
The below form has now been superseded by application form 3.1, which can be found in the Procedures section of the website.
Procedure Direction No 3 [DOC - 72Kb]- Applications for legal representation at public expense for providing a witness statement or documents during Phase 1 of the Inquiry [DOC - 68Kb]
30 September 2009
Lord Penrose hopes that more people who have been affected, and their relatives, will come forward to give statements. Anyone who contracted Hepatitis C or HIV through receiving blood or blood products administered by the NHS in Scotland, or their family members, can make a statement to the inquiry team. Lord Penrose also asks anyone with any relevant documents to consider making them available to the inquiry.
The Penrose Inquiry team has sent out posters and leaflets to all GP surgeries, all community pharmacies and all Haemophilia Centres in Scotland to raise awareness of the inquiry.
We are grateful for the help and co-operation we have received from contacts across Scotland.
The poster invites people who contracted Hepatitis C and/or HIV through receiving blood or blood products administered by the NHS in Scotland, or members of their families, to come forward to make a statement to the inquiry team.
25 August 2009
A number of witnesses have responded to Lord Penrose's call for evidence and statement taking is underway. Most witnesses have preferred to discuss their statements in their own homes but some have visited the inquiry offices in Edinburgh.
Lord Penrose said in his opening statement at the Preliminary Hearing held on 31 March: 'The only way this inquiry will be able to assess the impact of infection and the consequences for individuals and families involved will be through (their) contributions'.