DailyExpress By Victoria Fletcher February 24,2010
BLUNDERING bureaucrats have spent £200million earmarked for hospital buildings on doses of the swine flu jab that will never be used.
Up to 132 million doses of the vaccine were ordered at the height of the panic over the H1N1 virus in 2009.
But earlier this month it emerged that only 13 million doses had been delivered and more than four million were used on patients – three per cent of the total.
Now it is feared the millions of doses still on order cannot be stopped because officials forgot to add a cancel clause to the contract.
Yesterday the Department of Health admitted it had raided the coffers for hospital buildings and equipment – called the capital budget – “to meet existing commitments on pandemic flu”. Officials insisted that no projects had been axed due to the diverted cash.
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