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Local Labour reacts: legal fees alone would pay for a new CT scanner

Today the High Court ruled that the Secretary of State for Health acted unlawfully.

This was a case brought by the Good Law Project about the Government’s legal obligations. It was about their lawful duty to publish details of contracts in a timely manner.

Judge Chamberlain brought into sharp focus why this case was so important. “The Secretary of State spent vast quantities of public money on pandemic-related procurements during 2020. The public were entitled to see who this money was going to, what it was being spent on and how the relevant contracts were awarded.”

Gareth Wright, Health Spokesperson for SE Cambridgeshire Labour Party commented

“The Secretary of State has been found to have failed in his legal duty. And over £200,000 of our money has been spent defending his actions.

“£200,000 that could have been spent on a new CT scanner for Addenbrookes. There are long waiting lists for this. What a difference that money could make to worried patients locally.

“Doubtless the Government will say that they had to act quickly to procure PPE. This case was not about that. It was about the importance of transparency of what they bought with our money and why.

“The Labour Party will continue to press for transparency in how public cash is spent.

“We will continue to press the Government to come clean on why companies with no experience in the health sector were awarded huge contracts. The Government’s contracting has been plagued by cronyism and waste. It’s time this stopped”.

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