WHO IS Jessica Mcpherson?

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Jessica Mcpherson

Head of Strategy & Delivery Care Rights and Support at The Scottish Government
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Government Administration
  1. The Scottish Government
  1. Caledonian University , Glasgow####

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Campaigners urge Deputy First Minister John Swinney to remove a senior official from the inquiry

“A TOP civil servant is facing calls to
resign amid claims she said it was `OK` for abuse victims to die if
their demise resulted in greater support in future cases where there was
a risk of suicide.”

“Campaigners are urging Deputy First
Minister John Swinney to remove a senior official linked to the inquiry
into historic abuse at Scottish care homes following a string of
complaints about her conduct.”

“Jessica McPherson works closely with
victims of abuse in her role setting up Survivor Scotland, a fund which
supports those giving evidence to the inquiry. She is head of delivery,
care rights and support, at the Scottish Government…”

“Janine Rennie, chief executive of abuse
charity Open Secret, and project manager Safia Ali claim to have heard
the alleged remark during a meeting to discuss a support team being
established on August 24 last year….”

“It is understood at least three grievances have been lodged with the Scottish Government about Ms McPherson`s conduct…”

“Meanwhile Ms McPherson has also become
the focus of several damaging allegations from White Flowers Alba, which
also represents and campaigns for abuse victims, the majority of whom
suffered in Catholic institutions…”

“Ms McPherson has also alienated members
of the group In Care Abuse Survivors Scotland (INCAS), on one occasion
responding angrily to the presence of their lawyer at a meeting in 2015,
with the result that he was excluded from the meeting…”

“In his letter dismissing the claims from Open Secret, Mr Swinney says the charity has been asked not to `denigrate` officials.”

“But the charity says they are providing evidence of misconduct.”


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