Johnson says that £12 billion has been ‘put into the NHS’ for
Covid-19 track and trace projects. This chutzpah must rate as one of
the most flagrant lies in political history, up there with US President Nixon's “I am not a crook”, only to resign days later when
of this money has gone to the NHS, but to private companies, many ofwhom are Tory friends and donors. It might not be so bad if they
were businesses with health sector experiences, but they are not.
They are not even given after competitive tender. Just given.
laboratories have been ignored with testing handed over to Deloitte,
Serco, G4S, US-based ACF Technologies, Amazon, GlaxoSmithKline,
AstraZeneca, Palantir, Faculty A.I., Capita and many others. Serco
have subcontracted their Covid contracts to
Concentrix; a company hired by HMRC in 2014 to tackle fraud and error
in the tax credit system. They were removed following complaints from
claimants that their benefits had been reduced or halted by the firm.
David Wrigley, deputy chair of the British Medical Association, has
said “NHS Test and Trace—despite its name—is not an NHS
service, it’s a largely outsourced programme that sees numerous
private companies given billions of pounds to run testing sites,
process samples and manage contact tracing call centres.”
Alan McNally, of the Institute of Microbiology and Infection at
Birmingham University, said it was clear “infectious disease
diagnostics were going down a privatised route.”
is all symbolised with the appointment of former jockey and jockey club board member, Dido Harding, to run the
whole thing. After Tesco, Sainsburys and a disastrous spell as Chief
Executive at TalkTalk, when personal details of millions of customers
were exposed, Baroness Harding of Winscombe is now being paid £65,000
for a two-day week. She is overseeing the whole sorry, rotten
business. Perhaps we should be grateful she’s not working a
Anyone want to lay odds on how much longer we will put up with this corruption. Isn't it time for a steward's Enqury?