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Covid-19: Government’s use of VIP lane for awarding PPE contracts was unlawful, says judge

BMJ 2022; 376 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.o96 (Published 13 January 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;376:o96
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

UK government action in giving priority treatment to suppliers of personal protective equipment (PPE) who were referred by MPs, ministers, or civil servants at the height of the covid-19 pandemic was unlawful, a High Court judge has ruled.1

As the country was swept up in the pandemic without adequate supplies of PPE, the government established a high priority “VIP lane” through which potential suppliers with such contacts could gain quicker access to the contracts process.

The non-profit Good Law Project and the doctors’ campaign group EveryDoctor challenged the award of PPE contracts worth hundreds of millions of pounds through the VIP lane to the pest control company PestFix and the family capital company Ayanda. …

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