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Report clears Labour party of fault in purchase of vaccines

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1034
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. London

    The Department of Health has been criticised for delays in upgrading the way it procures vaccines, which have cost the NHS an estimated £25m ($44m, €37m) in the past three years.

    But it has been cleared of any wrongdoing in awarding a £32.5m contract to a pharmaceutical company at a time when the chief executive made a £100 000 donation to the Labour party.

    The department had been aware of deficiencies in its procurement procedures since they were first highlighted in an internal audit conducted in 1997, says a report from the House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts. But it took three further internal reviews over …

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