Firm with Covid-related contract owned by Hancock’s neighbour is investigated by health regulator

Hinpack, which is owned by Alex Bourne, an acquaintance of Matt Hancock and the former landlord of his local pub, which won a contract to produce Covid test vials for the NHS is under investigation by the UK’s medical regulator.

The company, owned by Alex Bourne, switched from making food cartons to plastic tubes and secured a lucrative contract with the health service last spring as the government rushed to hand out contracts during the first wave of the pandemic. Graeme Tunbridge, director of devices at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, said: “We are currently investigating the allegations about Hinpack and will take appropriate action as necessary. We take all reports of non-compliance very seriously. Patient safety is our top priority.”

Full story in The Independent, 22 February 2021

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