Up to £4bn of Covid PPE bought at ‘obscenely inflated’ prices will be set on FIRE to generate power

Up to £4billion of unusable personal protective equipment will be burned to generate power, a damning report by MPs has revealed.

Officials spent taxpayers’ money on fake or substandard masks and gowns purchased at ‘obscenely inflated’ prices to combat Covid-19.

One contract for 3.5 billion gloves was even with a manufacturer accused of modern slavery, the Commons Public Accounts Committee said.

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) lost 75 per cent of the £12billion it spent on PPE in the first year of the pandemic because it paid too much or bought kit that did not meet requirements, the report found.

This includes £4billion of PPE that will not be used in the NHS and needs to be disposed of.

There is no clear disposal strategy for this excess but the DHSC sa