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2000
April
Caroline Flint MP - Internal Investigation - Shredded Documents
An internal investigation is undertaken in April 2000 by the Department's Internal Audit following the discovery that documents relating to the Advisory Committee on the Virological Safety of Blood between 1989 and 1992 had been destroyed in error.
Source: Link #1
Type: Commons Hansard Destroyed Documents (Blood Products)
Location: UK
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2001
26 March
Landmark Legal Action - Mr Justice Burton - HCV Litigation
A landmark case, A vs. National Blood Authority, is brought by 114 people infected with HCV via contaminated blood. Mr Justice Burton rules compensation be paid by the National Blood Authority and Velindre NHS Trust.
Source: Link #1
Additional Source: A vs. National Blood Authority
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Type: Legal Action (Hansard)
Location: UK
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2001
20 April
Dr F G Williams - WBS - HCV Litigation: Reason Minister Decides Not to Appeal
Dr F G Williams, Director of the Welsh Blood Service in a paper for a Velindre NHS Trust Board Meeting entitled "Effects of the Hepatitis C Litigation", includes mention of the reason why ministers decided not to appeal. Under point 9, Dr Williams writes:

"After careful consideration the Minister has decided not to appeal against this judgement. As the Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a direct result of the European Directive this would be taken to the European Court as final arbiter and, as stated previously, the European Directive was tighter in its wording then the Act in the United Kingdom."

Source: Dr F G Williams, Director, Welsh Blood Service, Minutes Paper for Velindre NHS Trust Board Meeting. 27 April 2001
Type: Minutes Paper - HCV Litigation: Decision Not to Appeal
Location: UK
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2001
23 April
Lord Burlison - Health Minister - Government Decide Not to Appeal Against Judgment
Lord Burlison: "The Government have decided not to seek leave to appeal against the judgment. Although an appeal would have provided an opportunity to seek clarification on some aspects of the judgment that may have a bearing on the future liability of the National Health Service bodies, the Government did not wish to subject the claimants to a further period of uncertainty while an appeal was under way".

Note: The reason not to appeal was just the opposite. Any appeal would have gone straight to the European Court as final arbiter.

Source: Link #1
Type: Hansards Lords Debate - Hepatitis C
Location: UK
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2001
9 November
Jacqui Smith - Health minister - High Court Decision / CPA
The recent decision by the High Court has no implications for anyone infected with hepatitis C before the Consumer Protection Act came into force in March 1988. This includes the vast majority of HAEMOPHILIACS who were probably infected before that date.
Source: Link #1
Type: Statement
Location: UK
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2005
25 October
Lord Jenkin of Roding
The Right Honourable Lord Jenkin of Roding writes to Sir Nigel Crisp requesting a meeting to discuss record management within the Department of Health. (Ref. Missing 600 Documents.)
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Type: Letter
Location: UK
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2005
1 December
Sir Nigel Crisp - Destruction of Files - Inexperienced Member of Staff
Sir Nigel Crisp replies to Lord Jenkin's enquiry as to why documents recently requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) pertaining to contaminated blood were shredded allegedly in the early 1990s. The letter describes how it was believed that an inexperienced member of staff mistakenly marked the files for destruction.
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Type: Letter
Location: UK
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2006
27 February
Lord Warner - Destruction of 600 HIV Litigation Papers
Lord Warner (The Minister of State, Department of Health): "Officials at the Department of Health have established that these documents related to the minutes and papers of the Advisory Committee on the Virological Safety of Blood between 1989 and 1992. These papers were destroyed between July 1994 and March 1998. A decision, most probably made by an inexperienced member of staff, was responsible for the destruction of these files."

Note: It is odd to observe the explanation that these documents were destroyed by "an inexperienced member of staff" when the Government itself (House of Lords) admits just 3 months later that only staff of "Executive Officer Grade or above" (Payband IP2), would have had the authority to do this.

Source: Link #1
Type: House of Lords Written Hansard
Location: UK
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2006
15 May
Lord Warner - Grade of Officer - Shredding of Documents
In answer to a question from Lord Morris regarding what grade of official can make an order for the shredding of documents within the Department of Health, Lord Warner states:

"Current guidance states that decisions on retention or destruction should be made by, "whoever has best knowledge of the subject matter. The reviewer should be in Payband IP2 (Executive Officer Grade) or above."

Departmental policy on records management also states that, "Line managers are responsible for ensuring that record keeping within their areas is consistent and meets Departmental standards.""

Source: Link #1
Type: House of Lords Written Hansard
Location: UK
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2006
23 May
Caroline Flint MP - Documents Destroyed In Error - Internal Investigation
Caroline Flint: "During the HIV litigation many papers were recalled, and following that we understand papers were not adequately archived and were unfortunately destroyed in error. Officials subsequently established during the hepatitis C litigation that documents relating to the Advisory Committee on the Virological Safety of Blood between 1989 and 1992 had been destroyed in error. Following this discovery, an internal investigation was undertaken in April 2000 by the Department's Internal Audit."

Note:
With regard to the "Hepatitis C Litigation", persons with haemophilia were excluded from these Consumer Protection Act (CPA) cases because the legal profession assumed that our hepatitis C infection occurred before product liability was absorbed into the Consumer Protection Act in 1987/88.

Source: Link #1
Type: Commons Hansard - Shredded Documents (Blood Products)
Location: UK
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2006
24 May
Lord Warner - Recovery of HIV Litigation Papers
"My Lords, we have established that a number of documents that have been disclosed by the department in the HIV and hepatitis C litigation were held by Blackett Hart & Pratt Solicitors. It agreed to return the papers to our solicitors, who are now considering them with other departmental officials. Advice has yet to be given to Ministers on the significance of the returned files."
Source: Link #1
Type: House of Lord - Written Hansard - Shredded Documents
Location: UK
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2006
24 May
Lord Jenkin of Roding - 12 Lever-arch Files of Documents
"My Lords, the files that have turned up came from the archives of more than one firm of English solicitors. Given the substantial volume of documents passed to the department's solicitors - I am told that there are no fewer than 12 big lever-arch files and the fact that what they have is a small fraction of the material that has been held in solicitors' archives..."
Source: Link #1
Type: House of Lords - Written Hansard
Location: UK
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