Kate Bingham, the beleaguered chair of the UK Vaccine Task Force, is expected to leave her post at the end of the year, according to a government source
Bingham, an enterprising capitalist married to Treasury Secretary Jesse Norman, has come under fire for her use of extravagant public relations advisors and allegations about a presentation to a conference of private investors due to leave her position when her contract expires in January 2021, he said. The source said it was « always clear » that her intention was
Labor asked Cabinet Secretary Simon Case to investigate allegations that Bingham revealed sensitive information about potential targets for government vaccines at a $ 200-head conference
According to a video of the event obtained by the Sunday Times, Bingham showed funders a detailed list of vaccines that the UK government had been monitoring closely and could invest in later.
Bingham reportedly told the event: « We haven’t necessarily signed contracts with all of them yet but they are all in our sight. Many vaccines are owned or funded by public companies
Before a joint hearing of the select committee last week, Bingham denied any wrongdoing and described the report as « nonsense », « inaccurate » and « irresponsible »
She insisted that her presentation was based « on the information available to the public and did not say much that the expert delegates at the conference could not deduce themselves »
Bingham, who reports directly to the Prime Minister, has spent more than £ 600,000 of taxpayer money on hiring public relations consultants from a company called Admiral Associates, rather than relying on civil service press officials, according to leaked documents obtained Also Sunday times
Speaking on Monday, Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer told LBC Radio that the £ 670,000 bill for recycling doctors could not be justified.
“You cannot justify spending this kind of money,” he said, “If only it was the only example there are a lot of examples of profitable contracts that pass without any legal procedures, and I think the public mood about this is very, very clear.
A Downing Street spokesperson said the decision to appoint the public relations consultants was signed by officials at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The spokesperson said: “Specialist communications support has been contracted by the vaccination team for a limited period of time in line with current employment practices and frameworks in the public sector.”
In response to a question about whether the Prime Minister fully trusts her, the spokesman said: “Yes, it is clear that the work of the Vaccines Working Group is of great importance, and we have reached agreements to obtain a total of 350 million doses of six vaccines of the leading candidates.”
Dido Harding, chosen to run the £ 12bn NHS Test and Track program without an open scheduling process, is married to Conservative Representative John Penrose Harding is not getting paid for her role, and an advertisement for her permanent replacement is expected soon.
A BEIS spokesperson previously said: “As we have already explained, Kate Bingham’s role as Chair of the Vaccine Task Force includes appearing at conferences, speaking to the media and liaising closely with the broader stakeholders
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