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Whitehall told to release secret 2016 files on UK pandemic risks

Government accused of suppressing ‘terrifying’ findings of three-day simulation exercise

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The government is on a collision course with the information commissioner over its refusal to publish a confidential report warning that the UK’s health system could not cope in a pandemic.

In a dramatic move, the Information Commissioner’s Office has ordered the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to hand over the report into Exercise Cygnus, or explain its decision for refusing, by 23 October.

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