General Medical Council receives S21 Notice from Infected Blood Inquiry, has just over 24 hours to comply

The Infected Blood Inquiry has today published a document titled “Determination of application made under Section 21(4) of the Inquiries Act 2005 - The General Medical Council (“GMC”)

This determination largely refers to some minor redaction permitted by the Inquiry as it relates to incorrectly named individuals. However, of interest to members will be that the document states:

On 14 May 2019 a notice under section 21 of the Inquiries Act 2005 (“the Notice”) was served on the GMC.

This is of interest as internal GMC documents obtained by Factor 8 (dated publication 18th April 2019) say that:

We continue to work on the disclosure of materials to the Contaminated Blood Inquiry which concerns how individuals with haemophilia were given blood infected with the HIV virus and hepatitis C. The inquiry has given us a target of mid-May to complete the disclosure and we are making good progress towards this, with over 40 per cent of all the search terms completed. We have also completed several urgent ad-hoc requests for information relating to individual doctors.

Given that the GMC documents state the target provided by the Inquiry was “mid-May” and that the Infected Blood Inquiry section 21 notice was issued on 14th May 2019, it appears the original “mid-May” target was, for any number of possible reasons, not stuck to.

The determination published by the Inquiry in relation to redaction, says of the original Section 21 issued on 14th May 2019 that:

The Notice required the GMC to produce documents identified in an annexe to the Notice, as being relevant to the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference, by 5pm on 31 May 2019.

It appears that the Inquiry has not, or has not yet, published the original Section 21 notice which was issued on 14th May 2019.

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