Whitehall to recoup cash from suppliers who provided faulty PPE

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The UK government is undertaking an audit of personal protective equipment (PPE) and will be pursuing suppliers to recoup money where it did not meet requirements.

Health minister Edward Argar told the House of Commons the Department for Health and Social Care had “cancelled or curtailed contracts up to the value of around £400m so far” for a “multitude of reasons” including faulty or inadequate PPE.

Responding to questions on PPE procurement during the coronavirus pandemic, Argar said: “We are undertaking a stocktake and an audit. It is that which is required to assess whether any stockpiles are not fit for purpose or do not meet requirements, or to check what was and was not delivered and make sure that every order was fully fulfilled.

“We have been very clear that, as part of that audit, that stocktake, we will pursue with any who did not meet the requirements or did not supply the goods, the recouping of that money for the public purse.”

Date: 10 March 2021