LAST night in the Scottish Parliament MSPs debated the nuclear test veterans, their stories and the scientific case behind their problems.
It was an illuminating and detailed debate the likes of which we need to now try and push for in the House of Commons. There have been debates on the issue in Westminster before, but not for some time and also not covering as many bases as this one does.
Furthermore it seems the MSPs are also now pushing for the release of data from the MoD.
You’ll see Fiona McLeod says: “I have been unable to find any meta-analysis of [studies into test veterans] – and I have to wonder why. Indeed, the conspiracy theorist in me began to wonder what was happening and when I followed some links to find the medical research programmes listed, which should be on the National Information Governance Board for Health and Social Care website, I got a ‘404 Not Found’ message. We need to ask where that information has gone; in fact, I have sent an e-mail asking where the research has disappeared to.”
You can read the full report of the Holyrood debate here.