The UK government failed to properly document the decision-making process that led to the awarding of lucrative Covid-19 testing contracts to Randox, the diagnostics company embroiled in a parliamentary lobbying scandal last year, the public spending watchdog has foundThe end of May..
In November, Owen Paterson, a Conservative MP and former minister, resigned from his North Shropshire seat after he came under fire for lobbying the government on behalf of Randox as part of a ￡100,000 a year role with the companyushering in a new restriction even at a time when case counts were relatively low..
The lobbying row forced Downing Street into a U-turn following a backlash from MPs after the government initially blocked Paterson’s suspension and attempted to overhaul the standards watchdog behind a damning report into his conductUsually, Morris said, there are four patients o.
Gareth Davies, head of the National Audit Office, said that despite the “exceptional circumstances” at the start of the pandemic the Department of Health and Social Care’s “documentation for such large contracts was inadequate”.
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