Revealed: Tory donor Lord Ashcroft’s outsourcing company wins £ 350 million vaccination deal

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In a job advertisement for a “Band 5 immunizer” posted on the Medacs website, employees were asked to “provide Covid-19 vaccination to all eligible citizens and help with the overall implementation of the vaccination program.”

In another ad, Medac employees “had to travel to individual dormitories to deliver the vaccination to certain cohorts (e.g. house-bound and protective citizens) who cannot vaccinate in a vaccination center”.

Medacs was criticized in 2019 when a report by the Care Quality Commission on a homecare service operated by the company was rated “inadequate”.

The regulator stated that “the care of the people was not safe. Most people’s care calls were not delivered when they were expected, and people gave examples of where this had had a significant impact on them and the safety of the care they had received. “

Additionally, the report found that: “Drug records were not kept up to date and CQC identified cases where drug records showed potential overdose”.

At the time, Medacs said the poor rating was due to a staff shortage after the company won a number of contracts in quick succession. “These award wins were marked by an unprecedented staff shortage among outbound providers,” said the director of the company’s Croydon Nursing Home.

“We have invested primarily in new employees and additional training and support,” she added.

“Politically Affiliated Companies”

Ashcroft was one of the largest conservative donors in history. In 2010, he was cleared of all wrongdoing by an Electoral Commission investigation after one of his companies, Bearwood Corporate Services, transferred more than £ 5 million to the Tories.

Ashcroft, who grappled with former Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron, reappeared as a party donor in 2017, joining the leader group of top donors. His most recent donations included £ 100,000 for Shaun Bailey’s offer to become the next Mayor of London.

The award of government contracts to companies with political ties has been a hot topic in recent months. Companies with ties to the Conservatives received billions. As reported by openDemocracy, Boris Johnson’s government was accused of cronyism after a Tory councilor won a £ 156 million COVID deal. Stroud Councilor Steve Dechan ran a small, loss-making company selling medical devices.

In November, openDemocracy discovered that Lord Feldman, another former Tory chairman and corporate lobbyist, had been secretly appointed as a COVID advisor. Feldman’s role sparked new concerns about privileged access to Tory’s friends and donors.

Commenting on the award for Medacs, Jolyon Maugham of the Good Law Project said:

“The question that many of us will have asked is, how will the government monetize the public health emergency that will mark the introduction of the vaccine? The answer, which none of us will wonder about, is: With the help of, and getting as financially as possible, a major Conservative Party donor. “

The Ministry of Health and Welfare, Medacs and Impellam were asked for comments.