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PPE Medpro wins £200m of PPE contracts via ‘high-priority lane’

The Guardian reveals that PPE Medpro, a company with mystery investors and links to the Isle of Man, was awarded government contracts worth £200m to supply the UK with personal ... Read more

New York Times: Waste, Negligence and Cronyism

The New York Times analysis of the British government’s spending on PPE, ventilators, coronavirus tests and other supplies critical to containing the surge in virus infections, has found that the ... Read more

Uniserve given almost £800m of Covid contracts without tender

The British logistics company, Uniserve, was awarded Covid-19-related contracts worth around £800m in 2020, all of which were awarded without an open tender. This makes the company the largest recipient ... Read more

Serco’s test and trace relying on inexperienced and poorly trained staff

A Guardian investigation has found that England’s test and trace service is being sub-contracted to a myriad of private companies employing inexperienced contact tracers under pressure to meet targets. Serco, ... Read more

US firm could take over from “outstanding” Notts GP practice

Almost 11,000 patients at a GP practice in central Nottingham, many of them vulnerable, face disruption to their services and potential reductions in care as Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG/ICS imposes ... Read more

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