Thursday, July 1, 2010
Ministers wasted millions of pounds on a vast stockpile of medicine for a swine flu pandemic which never materialised, it emerged today.
The massive overspend could have been avoided if the Government had insisted on break clauses in a key contract with the manufacturer.
Instead, the taxpayer was saddled with a staggering £1.2billion bill – the vast majority of which went on vaccine, antibiotics and anti-virals.
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In a report into the crisis published today, Dame Deirdre Hine concluded that the reaction to last year’s outbreak was ‘proportionate and effective.’
But she highlighted the lack of flexibility in a contract between the Department of Health and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and noted that this was an area where lessons could be learned.
Much of the unused medicine has now been sent to the developing world.
This article was posted: Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 8:12 am