Freedom of information is a right, but the government is intent on suppressing it | Mary Fitzgerald

From HIV-infected blood to the cladding scandal, the Tories are avoiding democratic scrutiny

Jason Evans was four when his father died of Aids having received a HIV-contaminated blood transfusion from the NHS. This scandal, in which more than 1,000 people died, is the subject of a long-running inquiry. However, Jason, now in his 30s, became tired of waiting and decided to try to get some answers for himself.

In 2018, he submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FoI) request to the Treasury to see if its files could shed any light on what happened. Government departments are supposed to respond to FoI requests within 20 working days yet, for months, there was nothing.

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