We’re in Court tomorrow

Tomorrow our challenge over the Government’s shambolic award of lucrative public health contracts to Abingdon Health reaches the High Court for a three-day hearing. 

Like so many of the contracts we’ve uncovered, these were awarded secretly, without any advertisement or competition, and without any lawful decision-making process. 

In the course of this challenge, we have uncovered a secret VIP lane for testing contracts, just as we did for PPE contracts. When we first put these allegations to Ministers, they tried to say our claims were “completely false”, but internal emails between Department for Health civil servants revealed they did have a “VIP route” for those lucky enough to have ministerial sponsors. 

We don’t believe this is how Government should ever do business, let alone when lives are at stake. 

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The process surrounding the testing regime was woeful from the start. And the Government has struggled to get their story straight. 

Our lawyers will be fighting for answers in the High Court from Tuesday 3 May to Thursday 5 May. 

Thank you for your support. We will of course keep you updated.


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Further info:

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2021/jun/30/bids-from-politically-connected-firms-for-covid-test-contracts-designated-fast-track-email-suggests

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/23/emails-emerge-of-vip-route-for-uk-covid-test-contracts