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950 files on contaminated blood scandal still ‘missing’

HUNDREDS of files relating to contaminated blood were removed by government officials and went missing, it has emerged.

About 950 files relating to blood policy had been ‘checked out’ by staff going back years, a Government Internal Audit Agency investigation found at the start of the Infected Blood Inquiry last year.

Campaigner Jason Evans (pictured), 29, who is suing the government over the death of his father in 1993 after he contracted hepatitis and HIV, said the removal of documents ‘probably goes back decades’ and forms part of a cover-up.

More than 25,000 people could have been infected with HIV and hepatitis C from contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s. Britain was running low on Factor VIII so imported products from the US, where prison inmates and others were paid cash for blood.

Staff at the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) checked out 450 files while a further 500 were handed to Department for Education staff.

The DHSC said the majority of files had been accounted for.