Hancock labelled “corrupt” after handing another Covid contract to failing private healthcare company

Conservative MP Owen Paterson, who acts as a consultant for the firm, was party to a call between the company and the health minister responsible for coronavirus testing supplies.

Matt Hancock has come in for criticism after awarding a new £375 million testing contract to a Tory-linked private healthcare company whose testing kits had to be recalled over the summer because of concerns about contamination.

Randox was handed an extension to an existing contract – without other companies being invited to bid – leading to accusations of “corruption” and “cronyism”.

So far Hancock has now approved transfers of nearly half a billion pounds in taxpayer funds to the Northern Ireland-based company since the pandemic began.

Conservative MP Owen Paterson acts as a consultant for the firm for the princely sum of £100,000 a year. According to reports he was party to a call between the company and James Bethell, the health minister responsible for coronavirus testing supplies.

Independent inquiry

The Green party MP Caroline Lucas has called for an independent inquiry following the revelations into where public money is going.

“Many firms who have benefited seem to have links to the Tory party or individual ministers”, she said.

“The lack of transparency around Covid-related contracts is a scandal. At the very least, ministers owe MPs an explanation, and we are still not getting one.”

750,000 unused kits

Randox provides tens of thousands of kits a week to care homes and individuals testing themselves at home, which are then posted back to its laboratories in County Antrim.

In July the company was ordered to recall 750,000 unused kits when spot checks revealed some kits supplied by a Chinese manufacturer were not sterile.

The new deal was signed on 2 October and was expected to run for six months, until the end of March 2021, a spokesperson said.

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2 Responses to “Hancock labelled “corrupt” after handing another Covid contract to failing private healthcare company”

  1. sovereigntea says:

    Go to “news” on the Randox webpage and we see their total focus is on Covid profiteering facilitated by Matt and his cronies.

    see

    UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson

    22 September 2020

    https://www.randox.com/diagnostics-vital-industry/

    Matt Hancock thanks Randox staff in House of Commons 21 September 2020

    On Monday 21st September 2020, in the House of Commons, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, personally thanked Randox staff for the role we play within the National Testing Programme.

    He said;

    Randox deliver a very significant number of tests every single day – a growing number – in fact, they are currently outperforming the allocation we have asked them to deliver and I pay tribute to every single person who works at Randox for the work that they have done and the part that they have played in keeping people safe.

    Because everyone who gets a Randox test result, like every other test result, gets more information with which they can keep themselves safe and we have more information with which we can try to keep the whole of society safe.

    https://www.randox.com/matt-hancock-tribute-21-sep-2020/

  2. sovereigntea says:

    Randox Saved by Covid ?

    From companies house info

    25 charges registered
    5 outstanding, 19 satisfied, 1 part satisfied

    Charge code NI01 5738 0025

    Satisfy charge NI01 5738 0025 on the Companies House WebFiling service

    Created
    23 April 2020

    Delivered
    24 April 2020

    Status
    Outstanding

    Persons entitled

    Northern Bank Limited

    Brief description

    All that the lands and premises situate at and known as…

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