The PPE Fiasco

Only with good procurement practice, can we safeguard the lives of the public and healthcare workers.

And yet, we already know of three vast – and inexplicable – procurement contracts for PPE. £108m went to a tiny pest control company with net assets of £18,000, Pestfix. Another £108m went to a modestly sized confectioner in Northern Ireland, Clandeboye Agencies. And another contract, worth £252m, was awarded to Ayanda, an opaque private fund owned through a tax haven. There is no evidence that either of these companies had previously had any experience in supplying PPE.

The more we scratch the surface about the PPE contracts awarded by Government, the more serious questions that arise. Enormous amounts of public money have been dished out, seemingly without any advertising or competitive tendering process. To protect public funds and to try and prevent further PPE procurement failures, we intend to get answers. You can read our our correspondence with the Government Legal Department regarding Pestfix, Clandeboye, and Ayanda here .

Along with EveryDoctor, we have instructed leading procurement lawyers Jason Coppell QC and Brendan McGurk and Rook Irwin Sweeney. If you are able to donate to the crowdfunded legal challenge you can do so by clicking here.

Latest: We’re in court tomorrow

Last week we were pleased to be granted permission from the court to bring our challenge with EveryDoctor against the Government’s decision to award PPE contracts to Pestfix (a pest control company), Ayanda (an opaque...

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We’re in court tomorrow

Last week we were pleased to be granted permission from the court to bring our challenge with EveryDoctor against the Government’s decision to award PPE contracts to Pestfix (a pest control company), Ayanda (an opaque…

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More money awarded to a pest control company

You may remember Crisp Websites Limited, trading as PestFix, the company with last reported net assets of £18,047. 
On the 10th June, we sent a judicial review pre-action protocol letter to the Government asking why it…

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Jacob Rees-Mogg

Yesterday in Parliament, Jacob Rees-Mogg MP was questioned over the PPE fiasco that has seen the Government spend hundreds of millions of pounds on protective equipment that can’t be used by the NHS. The contract…

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PPE masks not fit for purpose

The Government awarded a PPE contract worth £252 million to Ayanda Capital Limited, a ‘family office’ owned through a tax haven in Mauritius, with connections to Liz Truss. It is the largest PPE contract we…

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The PPE Fiasco

More details of PPE fiasco that left hundreds of doctors and nurses dead are starting to emerge.
Whilst our EU partners were putting together emergency procurement arrangements in late January, it wasn’t until March that…

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PPE supplied by a sweet wholesaler?

The Government has awarded an £108 million contract for the supply of PPE to a wholesaler of sweets. The enormous contract was awarded to the confectionery business seemingly without any advertising or competitive tendering process….

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No way is this a proper use of public funds

We’re suing the Government over its decision to grant an £108 million contract for the supply of PPE to Crisp Websites Limited.
Since the start of the pandemic, Government has signed over 100 contracts – worth…

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