“It’s absolutely amazing. £770,000 a day, £280m a year? What a waste of money that could be used to invest in the NHS.”
The government is wasting taxpayers’ cash, spending £770,000 a day on maintaining personal protective equipment (PPE) in China, which amounts to more than £280m a year.
A parliamentary reply by Will Quince, the Tory Minister of State for Health and Secondary Care, revealed how much the government is paying to keep PPE equipment overseas.
Asked by Labor MP Nick Smith how PPE is stored and how much it costs per day, Quince said: “The majority is stored in containers, warehouses and supplier warehouses at sites across the UK, and there are currently around 120 million items stored in China. . Storage cost is £770,000 per day.
Reacting to the news, Cath Hobbs, director of campaign group We Own It, said: “It’s absolutely amazing. £770,000 a day, £280m a year? What a waste of money that could be used to invest in the NHS. The government needs to plan properly against pandemics like covid, including stocking up on things we can get quickly in this country.
“Why can’t the UK keep its own personal protective equipment instead of selling it to China?” If the government weren’t so hell-bent on selling off assets, the NHS would have more buildings, land and resources and would be out of the question of looking elsewhere. The mentality behind it is very strange. Taking back control would certainly mean that the UK is self-reliant and allows the NHS to care for people in an emergency.
Basit Mahmoud is the editor of Left Foot Forward magazine
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