Immensa, a private laboratory in Wolverhampton that is under investigation for potentially issuing more than 40,000 false negative Covid tests, was not fully accredited to perform the work, contrary to statements from government health officials and Dr Jenny Harries, the chief executive of the UK Health Security Agency.
The UK’s independent accreditation service, Ukas, told the Guardian on Monday that neither Immensa Health Clinics Ltd nor its sister company, Dante Labs, had ever been accredited by the service, and that it had informed the Department of Health that statements suggesting otherwise were incorrect.
The UK Health Security Agency announced on Friday that it was suspending operations at Immensa pending an investigation into concerns that at least 43,000 people with coronavirus had been wrongly told their swabs tested negative for the virus.
Immensa Health Clinics Ltd was set up in May 2020 and received nearly £170m in NHS test-and-trace contracts.
Full story in The Guardian, 18 October 2021