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Go-between paid 21m in taxpayer funds for NHS PPE

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-54974373

A Spanish businessman who acted as a go-between to secure protective garments for NHS staff in the coronavirus pandemic, was paid $28m (21m) in UK taxpayer cash.

A legal dispute playing out in the courts in Miami has helped shine a light on the amount of money some companies have made supplying the NHS with equipment to protect staff from Covid infection.

Earlier this year, as the coronavirus pandemic was spreading rapidly around the world, Florida-based jewellery designer Michael Saiger set up a business to supply PPE to governments. He used his experience of working with factories in China to land what are described as "a number of lucrative contracts" supplying protective gloves and gowns to the NHS. Mr Saiger signed up a Spanish businessman, Gabriel Gonzalez Andersson, to help with "procurement, logistics, due diligence, product sourcing and quality control" of the PPE equipment. In effect, Mr Andersson was expected to find a manufacturer for deals that had already been done. Mr Andersson was paid more than $28m (21m) for his work on two government contracts to supply the NHS.

In June, Mr Saiger signed three more agreements to supply the NHS with millions of gloves and surgical gowns. When the UK government paid up, his go-between, Mr Andersson, would have been in line for a further $20m in consulting fees. But the court documents allege that once the agreements had been signed, Mr Andersson stopped doing any work for Mr Saiger. It's not clear whether Mr Andersson received any of the money for this second batch of deals.

This led to PPE deliveries being delayed to NHS frontline workers, Mr Saiger claims, and the company "scrambling" to fulfil the contracts by other means.

So far the UK's Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published contracts with Mr Saiger's company, Saiger LLC, totalling more than 200m. These were awarded without being opened to competition.

Alongside the legal dispute in Florida, the deals are set to be challenged in UK courts, by campaign group the Good Law Project. It accuses government ministers of not paying "sufficient regard" to tax-payers' money over a contract with the firm.
Part of the billions splashed around by BJ's government - everybody benefits except the sick and the taxpayer .....
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Go-between paid 21m in taxpayer funds for NHS PPE

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Part of the billions splashed around by BJ's government - everybody benefits except the sick and the taxpayer .....
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Part of the billions splashed around by BJ's government - everybody benefits except the sick and the taxpayer .....
.... Except the sick and the taxpayer did benefit, didn't they?
They benefitted by being able to obtain PPE at a time of global shortage - or would you rather the country went without?
Or paid who-knows how much more as global stocks of these products further dwindled and prices rose further because of delaying this purchase?

You really can't have it both ways.
We either needed the stuff or we didn't.


Aren't you upset about buying vaccines too?
We've bought tens of millions - and not one is yet ready.
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All this anti-stuff is just so much:
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Paying an expediting fee is perfectly normal. The amount paid is based on a number of factors. In this case 25 mil is not in the least bit excessive for the work that no doubt had to be done.
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Paying an expediting fee is perfectly normal. The amount paid is based on a number of factors. In this case 25 mil is not in the least bit excessive for the work that no doubt had to be done.
Elucidate please Todgy ??
You seem a bit vague about whether any " WORK" was done at all??
And what the going rate should be for a couple of phone calls ?

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Elucidate please Todgy ??
You seem a bit vague about whether any " WORK" was done at all??
And what the going rate should be for a couple of phone calls ?

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Even if he worked flat out all year, 25M sounds a bit OTT.
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Elucidate please Todgy ??
You seem a bit vague about whether any " WORK" was done at all??
And what the going rate should be for a couple of phone calls ?

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As an expeditor in a huge diverse and complex program as this there will be very much more than a couple of phone calls involved.
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Even if he worked flat out all year, 25M sounds a bit OTT.
What you guys are missing is that he will have to set up a task force who will have to travel to various suppliers, agree an assortment of separate contracts, pay disbursements, engage and pay expeditors for individual subcontracts, transport to the UK, and a whole lot more besides.
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What you guys are missing is that he will have to set up a task force who will have to travel to various suppliers, agree an assortment of separate contracts, pay disbursements, engage and pay expeditors for individual subcontracts, transport to the UK, and a whole lot more besides.
You make it sound like a proper job.
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