UK’s Department for Health & Social Care reportedly set to burn up to £4 billion of PPE purchased during the pandemic

RALEIGH, NC, June 22, 2022-

UK Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee reported earlier this month that the country’s Department for Health & Social Care (DHSC) lost 75% of the £12 billion it spent on personal protective equipment (PPE) in the first year of the pandemic due to inflated prices and kit that did not meet requirements. This includes £4 billion of PPE that will not be used in the National Health Service (NHS) and needs to be disposed of. PAC said there is no clear disposal strategy for this excess,  but DHSC reportedly plans to burn significant volumes of it to generate power – though, PAC noted, “there are concerns about the cost-effectiveness and environmental impact of this ‘strategy’.”

In an official report published by PAC, it said “… as a result of DHSC’s haphazard purchasing strategy, 24% of the PPE contracts awarded are now in dispute – including contracts for products that were not fit for purpose and one contract for 3.5 billion gloves where there are allegations of modern slavery against the manufacturer.”

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