Factor 8 exposes the scandal of almost 1,000 taken and "moved" infected blood files

Over the last few weeks Factor 8 has been working with the mainstream press after obtaining a copy of the Government Internal Audit Agency’s “Final Internal Audit Report” of Infected Blood files at the Department of Health & Social Care.

It has been exposed that Civil Servants “checked-out” and moved almost 1,000 files from DHSC relating to the Contaminated Blood Scandal. It has blown the “all documents were destroyed” myth out of the water completely.

We are now pleased to say the story has been been made public at the links following this article and we can now elaborate further.

Here is a brief chronology of Factor 8’s battle regarding these files:

  • May 2016 - Factor 8 begins creating master lists of Files (and their internal Reference Numbers) held by Archives that are relevant to the Contaminated Blood Scandal.

  • September 2017 - Factor 8 completes initial master list, identifies missing Files reference numbers and launches FOI campaign for missing files.

  • Between September 2017 and May 2018, Factor 8 sends circa 130 Freedom of Information requests to the Department of Health & Social Care against identified and specific files and their reference numbers.

  • March 2018 - Baroness Featherstone sends letter on behalf of Factor 8 to DHSC, highlighting false Ministerial statements and that not all documents have been made public or destroyed.

  • 4th June 2018 - DHSC cancels all (circa 60) pending FOI requests by Factor 8, on the basis that DHSC has now commissioned its own investigation.

  • 7th June 2018 - Apology letter is sent by DHSC to Baroness Featherstone / Factor 8 over misleading Ministerial statement on infected blood files.

  • 21st October 2018 - Factor 8 requests copy of GIAA Final report from DHSC.

  • Between October 2018 and January 2019 a battle ensues between Factor 8 and DHSC over whether or not a copy of the report should be provided, DHSC relies on Public Interest and Section 33 of the FOI Act but eventually caves.

  • 17th January 2019 - DHSC Provides a copy of the Final Report to Factor 8.

  • 30th January 2019 - Although DHSC eventually provided us with the final report, it did not provide Factor 8 with a list of the file references gathered by GIAA during the audit. On the 30th Jan 2019, the DHSC refused to provide us with a list of file references, citing Section 22 of the FOIA.

We have uploaded a selection of documents relating to the above, including a copy of the final report here.

Mainstream Press Reports:

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6689445/Lost-blood-scandal-files-trigger-fears-cover-up.html

https://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/national/17422757.hundreds-of-contaminated-blood-files-checked-out-by-government-officials/

https://home.bt.com/news/uk-news/hundreds-of-contaminated-blood-files-checked-out-by-government-officials-11364335538587

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/02/11/tainted-blood-scandal-hundreds-files-go-missing-victims-accuse/

https://www.itv.com/news/2019-02-11/hundreds-of-contaminated-blood-files-checked-out-by-government-officials/

https://www.metro.news/950-files-on-contaminated-blood-scandal-still-missing/1429811/

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