Tue. Oct 19th, 2021

Insiders working for Movianto, the company in charge of the UK’s strategic stockpile of PPE have told ITV News of management chaos and disorganisation in the firm.

It’s prompted questions about whether that could have delayed masks, gloves and gowns getting to frontline health workers at the peak of the crisis.

Contractors and former managers working for Movianto claim the company botched the vital storage and distribution of the stockpile, allegations rejected by the Department of Health and Social Care.

In a joint investigation with the Guardian, ITV News has uncovered evidence problems went back months and included the use of a wholly inadequate warehouse which was affected by asbestos contamination and nearly caught fire.

Documents obtained by ITV News showed the NHS paid Movianto, a company which specialises in healthcare storage, supply and distribution, to house 50,000 pallets of PPE from August 2018.

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