28 April 2022
From today, Islanders who have completed an assessment determining whether they are eligible for free PFOS testing will begin to receive letters from Public Health confirming whether their referral has been approved.
In March, Islanders who may have been affected by PFOS contamination in the historical plume area between 1991 and 2006 were offered a free assessment at their GP to determine whether they are eligible for a free PFOS blood test later in the year.
For Islanders whose referral was not approved, there is an appeal process in place and details will be outlined in the letter they receive.
Assistant Chief Minister, Deputy Huelin, said: "I am pleased that local residents who were concerned about the historical pollution incident were able to receive a criteria assessment at their GP, and will now receive confirmation on whether their referral has been approved. Testing clinics are being set up in and will be provided to referrals free of charge in mid-June."
Chief Minister, Senator John Le Fondré, said: "The Government has made a commitment to listen to the concerns of residents and I am pleased that this represents a significant step forward."