THE government has refused for the sixth time to name companies given priority access to PPE contracts
This follows revelations of contracts valued at nearly £43 million handed to one-man style businesses with no history of providing medical supplies of any nature.
A small jewellery company was awarded a £2.5 million contract in May to supply PPE to the NHS.
The company Doja, which has a single employee was set up in 2014 to sell rare diamonds and jewellery has no history of supplying the NHS or any medical equipment.
PPE contracts worth £33m went to a £6,000 Cannabis research company, CannaGrowBioscience and a £9.6m order for Chinese made surgical gowns went to Scottish property developer Robert Housely Ltd who’s director worked from his bedroom.
The Opposition has demanded the government “urgently publish” the details of all firms given priority access to contracts because of their political ties.
The National Audit Office concluded that companies with connections to Conservative MPs, peers, advisers and senior NHS staff could use a “high priority” lane to significantly improve their chances of landing contracts.
One in 10 of those fast track companies won contracts, compared to one in 100 for non-fast track companies.
The Public Accounts Committee revealed that around £1.7bn of contracts were awarded through the fast-track channel.
Ministers have repeatedly refused to reveal the full details of the companies awarded contracts claiming they fall under commercial sensitivity.
Michael Gove said: “Every single firm that was recommended either to the Cabinet Office or the Department of Health and Social Care went through a rigorous policy to ensure they were capable of providing the equipment…”
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