Supply Management writes this week that the UK government is undertaking an audit of personal protective equipment (PPE) and will be pursuing suppliers to recoup money where they did not meet requirements, ie., were not fit for purpose, not delivered, or not fully fulfilled.
Last November the National Audit Office (NAO) said that about 1% of PPE bought by the government in response to the coronavirus pandemic was “potentially unsuitable,” representing “hundreds of millions of pounds.” This of course is bad spending of taxpayer money.
The Health minister explained that he had “cancelled or curtailed contracts up to the value of around £400 million so far” for a “multitude of reasons” including faulty or inadequate PPE. They are now undertaking a stock take and audit. This comes on the back of criticism that the government did not publish all of its contract award notices.