Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street
JJ Evans email address: request-527736-
17 January 2019
Dear Mr Evans
Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI-1153382
Thank you for your request dated 21st October 2018 in which you asked the Department of Health
and Social Care (DHSC):
“Subject: Freedom of Information request - Blood Files Final Report
Under FOI I would like to be provided with the following information:
a) A copy of the final report concerning the 2018 review of files relating to Blood Products.”
Your request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
I can confirm that the Department holds the information you requested regarding an audit review
conducted by the Government Internal Audit Agency (GIAA).
When considering the request DHSC initially engaged Section 33 (audit functions) and you were
advised that there would be a delay in providing a response.
As Section 33 is a qualified exemption, and a Public Interest test had to be fully considered, DHSC
took additional time to fully consider all the facts and guidance available when the exemption was
After due consideration, DHSC has now concluded that the exemption under Section 33 was mis-
takenly engaged. We apologise for the resultant delay in providing our response.
Please find enclosed the final audit report as submitted to DHSC by GIAA.
Please note that names of officials below Senior Civil Service (SCS) level have been redacted from
this document. Personal data about officials below SCS level is exempt from disclosure pursuant to
section 40(2) of the FOIA, which provides for the protection of personal information which would
not otherwise be available in the public domain, as disclosing this information would contravene
data protection principles.
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