The government’s test and trace system run by Tory peer Dido Harding is paying nearly a million pounds every day to the private consultancy firm Deloitte.
David Williams, the department of health and social care’s (DHSC) second permanent secretary, told MPs that 900 of the private firm’s consultants were currently being used at a pay rate of £1,000 a day. That would mean £900,000 per day on one firm alone.
The new figure came as the Commons Public Accounts Committee was also told that the department expects to spend £15bn in the next three months alone on more testing, particularly rapid testing, to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
Full story in The Huffington Post, 18 January 2021