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Government Pays £38 Million to Firm After Reneging on COVID Contract

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has paid out more than £38 million after reneging on a pre-contract arrangement with a provider of COVID-19 testing services.

An NHS procurement specialist told Byline Times that this may be the “largest settlement figure” of its kind so far in the ongoing procurement scandal.

The settlement agreement notice published on the Government’s Contract Finder website appears to be the first that has been released during the Coronavirus pandemic. It reveals that the DHSC paid a Dubai-headquartered company called Ecolog nearly £38.5 million for a service it never received. 

Full story – Byline Times, 14 May 2021

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