The FFP2 masks ordered by the government have ear loops instead of head loops, meaning there is a risk they would not be secure enough.
The masks were supplied by Ayanda Capital, which was awarded a £252m contract to supply personal protective equipment (PPE). The government is now being sued by EveryDoctor and Good Law Project over its decision to award the private family fund the contract.
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It was also revealed in a legal document, sent to EveryDoctor and Good Law Project by the government, that the deal was arranged by Andrew Mills, an adviser to the Board of Trade in the Department for International Trade, on behalf of Tim Horlick, CEO of Ayanda Capital.
Mr Horlick said Mr Mills was a business associate and he was aand his experience in international business and sales”.sked to help the firm “given his relationship with the Department for Interna
No where in this report does it mention this is in England the English NHS and the English (in this case) government
Julia Patterson, founder of EveryDoctor, added: “It is horrifying that during the worst criss in the NHS’s history, the government entrusted large sums of public money in the hands of companies with no experience in producing safe PPE for healthcare workers.
“I run a network of 25,000 UK doctors. Many were fearful for their lives between March and June ... We cannot allow bad decision-making to jeopardise the lives of healthcare workers and the public.
“The government must be answerable to their decisions regarding these PPE contracts.”
The government said in a statement: “Throughout this global pandemic, we have been working tirelessly to deliver PPE to protect people on the frontline.
“Over 2.3 billion items have been delivered, and more than 30 billion have been ordered from UK-based manufacturers and international partners to provide a continuous supply which meets the needs of health and social care staff both now and in the future.
“There is a robust process in place to ensure orders are of high quality and meet strict safety standards, with the necessary due diligence undertaken on all government contracts.”
There is a growing concern that in in England in particular there are questions about cronyism and profiteering , that the Tory Government ar favouring their friends in awarding contracts that are not met or as in the above case delivering unsuitable product and especially links to those awarded contracts met or not
Indeed it is proving a moment of sheer hypocricy from the Tories that that in Scotland Profits made by the SNP from controversial branded face masks will go to charity, Nicola Sturgeon has said.