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In February, Boris Johnson falsely claimed that details of all PPE contracts awarded by the Government had been published and “were on the record“. A few weeks later Cabinet Office Minister Edward Argar doubled down on Johnson’s statement – claiming “the Prime Minister spoke accurately“.
They were both wrong.
Last week, the Government quietly published details of 40 PPE contracts awarded a year ago during the first wave of the pandemic. The value of these contracts is an eye-watering £4.2 billion.
The newly published contracts were awarded by Supply Chain Coordination Ltd (SCCL), a procurement vehicle set up in 2018 and overseen by the Department of Health and Social Care. The biggest winners of SCCL contracts were Full Support Healthcare which landed what Government has said was a mere £1.8bn deal – although spend data released via FOI confirms that SCCL paid Full Support Healthcare circa £2.5bn between March 2020 and December 2020.
Other winners include:
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