TAXPAYERS TO FACE COVID BILL FOR DECADES TO COME, MPS WARN
Taxpayers will be facing the costs of Covid for decades while an inquiry will not come quickly enough to learn the lessons needed from the pandemic, MPs have said.
Two reports from the Commons Public Accounts Committee (PAC) released on Sunday slammed the Government’s spending on unusable personal protective equipment (PPE) and said a public inquiry expected next year was not soon enough to fix some issues.
The PAC said the taxpayer would be exposed to “significant financial risks for decades to come”, and already the estimated cost of the Government measures had reached £372 billion.
While the committee also “remains concerned that despite spending over £10 billion on supplies, the PPE stockpile is not fit for purpose”.
The PAC said that as of May this year, out of 32 billion items of PPE ordered by the Department of Health and Social Care, some 11 billion had been distributed, while 12.6 billion are stored in the UK as central stock. Some 8.4 billion on order from other parts of the world have still not arrived in the UK.
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