Matt Hancock defends £30m Covid contracts for his neighbour after medical regulator launches probe

Matt Hancock has defended a decision to hand Covid test orders worth £30million to a former neighbour now under investigation by the medical watchdog, saying it would be ‘ridiculous’ to block friends of ministers from public contracts. Alex Bourne, who crossed paths with the Health Secretary while running the Cock Inn in Thurlow, West Suffolk, … Read more

Matt Hancock’s pub landlord neighbour faces probe by UK’s medical regulator

Matt Hancock’s former neighbour and pub landlord is under investigation by the UK’s medical regulator, it has been revealed. Alex Bourne, who crossed paths with the Health Secretary while running the Cock Inn in Thurlow, West Suffolk, began producing millions of NHS Covid test vials during the pandemic after exchanging a personal WhatsApp messages with Mr … Read more

University regulator faces ‘conflict of interest’ questions over appointment of Lord Wharton

University regulator head Lord Wharton in ‘conflict of interest’ row as it’s revealed he is paid adviser for company planning to build on Portsmouth campus Lord Wharton has been appoint as the chair for the Office for Students (OfS) But he is also a paid adviser for Aquind which plans to build cables through uni … Read more

Plans to post millions of rapid testing kits to homes are BLOCKED by regulator over accuracy fears

Plans to post millions of rapid testing kits to homes are BLOCKED by regulator amid fears they are not accurate enough when people test themselves Tests only pick up 49 per cent of infections when used by ordinary people Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency blocked mass rollout Boris Johnson has said lateral flow tests … Read more

EU’s vaccine regulator casts doubt on fast UK approval of Pfizer jab

European politicians and health chiefs last night criticised Britain’s decision to be the first country to approve Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. UK watchdogs took just a fortnight to approve the jab following the announcement of successful final trial results. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency insisted its emergency approval procedure did not cut corners.  Health … Read more

EU’s vaccine regulator casts doubt on UK’s speedy approval of Pfizer jab

European politicians and health chiefs last night criticised Britain’s decision to be the first country to approve Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine. UK watchdogs took just a fortnight to approve the jab following the announcement of successful final trial results. The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency insisted its emergency approval procedure did not cut corners.  Health … Read more

Regulator is poised to give go-ahead to a coronavirus vaccine for emergency use within DAYS

Green light for first Covid-19 jab is imminent: Regulator is poised to give go-ahead to one of the coronavirus vaccines for emergency use within DAYS The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is poised to be signed off as soon as Wednesday A decision on Wednesday would allow it to be administered as early as next week More than … Read more

Exit fees here to stay as the regulator does a U-turn

Rip-off exit fees for investors switching between investment platforms could be here to stay, after financial regulator ditched proposals to ban them By Rachel Rickard Straus, Financial Mail On Sunday Published: 21:50 GMT, 21 November 2020 | Updated: 21:50 GMT, 21 November 2020 Rip-off exit fees for investors switching between investment platforms could be here … Read more

Blow for loyal savers as plan for minimum interest rates is scrapped by banking regulator 

Blow for loyal savers as plan for minimum interest rates is scrapped by banking regulator Plans to protect loyal savers with a minimum interest rate have been shelved FCA announced earlier this year that it planned to shake up the savings market   Move would have required every bank and building society to pay a blanket … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Zara Tindall antibody test advert is referred to medical regulator

An advert for a coronavirus ‘passport’ app featuring Zara Tindall having an antibody test has been referred to the medical regulator. The V-Health Passport system developed by VST Enterprises sees people take a test with the results then uploaded by a health administrator onto the user’s app. But an advert promoting it shows the Queen’s … Read more