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An investigation by Good Law Project has revealed the Department of Health and Social Care wasted a staggering £246.6m of taxpayers’ money procuring 126 million “unusable” Covid tests.
The details were obtained via a freedom of information request and named six companies that supplied the unusable lateral flow and LAMP tests – four of which were awarded deals via the secretive VIP Lane.
The ‘VIP’ suppliers were:
Unusable kits were also supplied by Taner Pharma UK Ltd and Medco Solutions Ltd. Overall, the DHSC confirmed they currently hold in storage Covid tests valued at £279m, of which we now know £246m will go to waste.
We have previously reported on the staggering waste generated by the Government’s controversial approach to procurement during the pandemic. Last month, we revealed that PPE losses had risen to £14.9bn.
The Department of Health and Social Care’s annual accounts for 2021-22 revealed a further £6bn write-down in connection with PPE and other inventory. This follows a £8.9bn write-down in 2020-21.
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