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Protective Clothing: Turkey

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 44939, tabled on 11 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what (a) quality and (b) specification checks his Department made in advance of the contract to purchase protective equipment from Turkey.

Answered on

16 July 2020

A private supplier in Turkey contacted an NHS Trust about the potential to procure 400,000 clinical gowns. An initial deposit was paid, and the order specified that the balance would be paid when all 400,000 gowns were received. This order was subsequently reduced to 240,000. Of that 240,000:

· 40,000 came over on the RAF flight

· 30,000 came over on a later DHL flight

· 170,000 are in the process of being shipped to the UK

The balance will be paid when the rest of the order is received in the UK.

45,000 gowns and 90,000 coveralls made up a second order. These also came over on the RAF flight from Turkey and were sent to Daventry and the bill was paid on receipt of delivery.