Britain spent £1 billion on PPE kit and ventilators from China

Britain spent £1 billion buying personal protective equipment from China.

A severe shortage of PPE at the start of the coronavirus pandemic meant the UK had to shop around the world.

Taxpayers bought gowns, gloves, and aprons from China.

The items were used by NHS staff at hospitals running low on stock.

The Government also bought ventilators from Wuhan – the source of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Analysis by The Sun shows 90 contracts, recently made public, were signed with Chinese companies.

The deals were worth £900 million.

The cost is expected to rise as more contracts are revealed.

Guys and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation reportedly spent £30 million on ventilators, gloves, eye shields, goggles and reusable respirators.

Craig Tiedman, of the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said:

“Given China’s role in the mass outbreak of this disease, many taxpayers will feel it to be a rum deal that Chinese firms stand to benefit to the tune of millions in Government contracts.

“This reliance on China for crucial medical supplies at a time in which it is throwing its weight around on the global stage poses an obvious security risk.

“We desperately need a new supply chain strategy on critical goods like PPE.”



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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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