Adam Price calls for ‘honesty’ from Welsh Government over collapsed coronavirus testing deal
Plaid Cymru Leader Adam Price has called on the Welsh Government to be “honest” about why the agreement between themselves and an unnamed private supplier to provide an extra 5,000 Covid-19 tests a day collapsed.
The Welsh Government said it was “disappointing” that the company had not been able to honour a “written agreement”.
But Adam Price said it “beggared belief” that the Welsh Government was refusing to say why the deal collapsed or who the company was.
Mr Price said it was in the “public interest” for the Welsh Government to be honest with the public and to “provide urgent answers” on what happened and why.
Plaid Cymru said some sources had suggested the UK Government was part of the reason the deal collapsed.
“Having blamed a company for failing to deliver on a vital agreement to provide an extra five thousand Covid-19 tests, it beggars belief that the Welsh Government is refusing to say why the deal collapsed and who the company was – especially if the actions of the UK Government scuppered the deal as some sources have suggested,” Adam Price said.
“It is in the public interest for the Welsh Government to be honest with the public and to provide urgent answers about what happened – and why.
“We were assured by Vaughan Gething that by tomorrow six thousand tests would be done per day. Now, because the deal fell through, we’re looking at only 1,100 tests being done a day. Wales will be even further behind on vital testing than we already were. Precious time has been lost and countless lives may now be at greater risk.
“Testing is one of the best weapons we have to defeat this pandemic by tracking and tracing the spread of the virus, and ensuring frontline health and care workers are protected and can go back to work.
“The Welsh Government shouldn’t be ‘disappointed’, they should be furious.”
Yesterday Channel 4 news named Swiss pharmaceutical and diagnositcs company Roche as a company that was involved in the collapsed deal.
However in a statement Roche said there had “never been a seperate agreement with Wales” to provide tests and that they had been working with Public Health England.
Public Health England told Channel 4 that “the UK Government has a contract with Roche to increase testing capacity across the UK”.
Today, Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething reiterated that there had been an agreement with a company, and that the company made a decision that they couldn’t fulfil the agreement, but declined to name them.