Government to Burn £Billions of Unusable PPE
Boris' government is preparing to incinerate a considerable portion of the £8.7 billion of personal protective equipment (PPE) bought by the Department of Health and Social Care during the coronavirus pandemic that was found to be unsuitable for use, and in some cases not even meeting basic medical standards.
The government announced during a parliamentary committee hearing on Monday their plan to burn 15,000 pallets of the amassed useless items per month as fuel to generate electricity – there is no indication however that this will meaningfully positively affect the current energy crisis, nor recover the wasted expenditure. The hoard of defective PPE includes visors, gloves and gowns.
There are currently 5.5 billion pieces of unusable equipment currently being stored by the government, and alongside plans to incinerate the stores, there are also plans to recycle and repurpose some of the stock, such as turning items into bin bags as well as disposable bed sheets and curtains for Britain’s socialised National Health Service, The Independent reports.
It has also been revealed that some of the items are not technically defective but were made with slave labour, so will not be used. These slavery-made items include 1.5 billion pairs of gloves.
Additionally, £750 million of taxpayers’ money was spent on items that were not used before their expiry date.