Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock’s family has been awarded a £5.5 million contract for COVID-19 mobile testing units, Byline Times can reveal. The Government yesterday published details of the deal, awarded to EMS Healthcare, based in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.
Beginning on 15 September, the company has been expected to provide articulated mobile testing units to the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). The contract will run for a year, ending on 14 September 2021.
The chairman of EMS Healthcare, who has been a director of the company since 2013, is Iain Johnston, a former business partner of Shirley and Robert Carter, Hancock’s mother and stepfather.
Despite the links between Hancock’s family and the chairman of EMS Healthcare, Byline Times has no evidence to suggest that the Health and Social Care Secretary or his family members were involved in the arrangement of this contract.
While there is no suggestion of wrongdoing in the EMS Healthcare deal, it will not quell concerns about the procurement of public services during the Coronavirus pandemic, in particular the fact that multiple firms with links to the Conservative Party have won large contracts.
A recent National Audit Office (NAO) report for example found that, in the case of the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE), an expedited, ‘high-priority’ lane was established for firms recommended by MPs, ministers or officials. One in 10 suppliers (47 out of 493) channelled through the high-priority lane obtained contracts, compared to less than one in a hundred (104 of 14,892) of those processed through the ordinary lane.
In addition, deals worth hundreds of millions of pounds have been awarded to firms owned by backers of the Conservative Party. This includes one company, owned by a Conservative donor that won contracts worth at least £154.7 million a month after meeting with a Government minister.
Hancock himself has even been accused of distributing pandemic response work to people in his inner circle. The Guardian revealed in late November that his former neighbour had been contracted to supply millions of vials for NHS COVID-19 tests after sending a WhatsApp message to Hancock offering his services.
‘This raises yet another serious question about this Government’s procurement process,’ Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Rachel Reeves told Byline Times, about the EMS Healthcare contract. ‘Week after week this Tory Government is urged to be more transparent, yet week on week we see more stories like this.’
A particular concern has been that a clear majority of contracts, £10 billion out of £18 billion, awarded during the pandemic have been done so without competition. With billions of pounds more allocated for the purchase and roll-out of mass testing and vaccines over the coming months, and with the Government impervious to criticism, it doesn’t seem as though these concerns will dissolve any time soon.
‘With more than 700 test sites now in operation including over 250 mobile sites, NHS Test and Trace is helping to break the chains in transmission of Coronavirus,’ a DHSC spokesperson said.
‘Ministers are not involved in procurement decisions or contract management and to suggest otherwise is wholly inaccurate. We continue to ensure all contracts are awarded in line with procurement regulations and transparency guidelines.’ Source
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