Telephone: 0151 228 4811
14th December 2018
Dear JJ Evans,
Further to your request for information originally received on Saturday 18 August 2018 and
followed up on 19 November 2018 allocated reference number FoI-2018-4261 please find
below our response to your request. Apology
May we offer sincere apologies for the delay in responding to the request after clarification
of your identity on 24 August 2018.
We have had some unforeseen circumstances in the team that have led to resource
difficulties, and in particular, a key member of staff in the team who dealt with FOI requests
left at the end of August and unfortunately had not escalated the request, which you have
now made us aware of. We can only apologise for this oversight and offer assurances that
all FOI requests are recorded and reviewed in line with the Freedom of Information Act
2000. As such, we have carefully reviewed your original FOI in order to provide you with
this response. Questions and Responses
I am writing to request under the freedom of information act any/all copies of administrative
correspondence, letters and/or any other documentation including minutes of meetings etc
that mention or relate to:
HIV / AIDS or Hepatitis, AND, Haemophilia / Haemophiliacs during the period January 1st
1988 – December 31st 1991.
Please note that I am NOT requesting patient medical records which would obviously be
exempt, but administrative correspondence, letters and/or any other documentation
including minutes of meetings etc.
We are in the process of trying to identify relevant information within the terms of the
request but it would assist if you could clarify:
1. What you mean by the description of correspondence as “administrative”
2. Whether the reference to letters refers to different types of communication other
than the correspondence referred to in 1 above (that is what you are looking
for/hoping to receive)
3. Whether it is only information regarding HIV and hepatitis in relation to
haemophiliacs and not otherwise.
Our archive system is such that it is difficult and may be impossible for us to identify
information between the dates stated. In addition, we moved into new purpose built
premises in 2015 and at that point all information and documents the retention
of which was no longer required under the relevant policies and protocols
We are however providing documents to assist the Infected Blood Inquiry and the request
you have made appears to fall within the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry:
I also note that the dates of your request – 1 January 1988 to December 31st 1991 - are
very similar to the period reviewed by the court in the case of A v National Blood Authority
(1 March 988 to September 1991).
We understand that the Infected Blood Inquiry will be calling for and collating documents
which would include those you have requested from all relevant and interested bodies.
The Chair of the inquiry, Sir Brian Langstaff, has invited all of those infected and affected
to contact them and play an active role and that may be an alternative source of the
information you seek.
We are in the process of identifying relevant documents and providing them to the Inquiry
and within that exercise, which is very extensive, will seek to identify information in
response to your request.
If you have any queries about this response or wish to discuss your request further please
contact the Information Governance team.
We look forward to your clarification.
Yours sincerely, Information Governance Team
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