Our Impact on the contaminated blood campaign
On Thursday 7th December 2017 representatives from Factor 8 attended a meeting at the Cabinet Office, Whitehall with Rt Hon Damian Green MP and senior official's to discuss the Inquiry into the Contaminated Blood Scandal, we put forward our case for the Chair of the Inquiry to be a Judge and on 22nd December 2017 that view was acted upon by the Government.
On 25th October 2017 Sky News broke the story of how new Cabinet Office papers showed a cover-up against the Haemophilia community which had been discovered and supplied to them by Factor 8.
On 15th July 2017, Factor 8 sent a letter co-signed by more than 250 people from the affected community to the Prime Minister and Department of Health outlining key principles the Inquiry must adopt, including having statutory powers and not being handled by the Department of Health.
Exactly 1 Week later on 11th July 2017, the Prime Minister had pledged to hold an Inquiry into the Scandal. This followed a cross-party letter co-ordinated by MP Diana Johnson urging the PM to hold an Inquiry. Former MP Andy Burnham stated months prior that if an Inquiry wasn't launched, he would go to the police.
On 4th July 2017 evidence unearthed and presented by Factor 8 was featured on the front page of the Daily Mail newspaper.
On the same day Collins Law lodged a Group Legal Order on behalf of over 400 people with the High Court that alleged Negligence and Breach of Statutory Duty against the Government. The Times Link.
Later that day MP Diana Johnson (Co-Chair of the APPG on Haemophilia and Contaminated Blood) raised a point of order in the House of Commons due to the damaging evidence we had supplied to the Daily Mail.
In May / June 2017 we highlighted evidence which showed that even after the Department of Health said that there was conclusive evidence that the AIDS Virus was in Factor VIII, they hid this knowledge from patients for almost a year. ITV Link. Express Link.
We pitched and worked with the BBC for over a year on the episode of BBC Panorama "Contaminated Blood: The Search for The Truth" which aired in May 2017, helping them to find documentation and to understand the history of events. Jason Evans appeared in the programme.
In January 2017 Factor 8 presented the background and injustice of the Contaminated Blood Scandal to Parliament during a meeting that was organised by Andy Burnham. Present at the meeting were MP's, Peers, Press, Lawyers and families of other injustices.
In September 2016 Factor 8's founder Jason Evans held a film-screening at the ICA in London of the film "Bad Blood: A Cautionary Tale" which was widely attended by the affected community and the likes of Baroness Lynne Featherstone. Also present was former Health Minister, Lord David Owen. Following the film Lord Owen delivered a 20 minute speech that was highly critical of the events surrounding the scandal, he told the audience that he believed the issue had been subject to a cover-up. Lord Owen also said "At every single stage, the truth has been there and people have evaded it and that must carry a penalty".