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PestFix Commitment

Wednesday 26/08/2020

By Dan England, PestFix CEO and founder

IT GIVES me great pride to announce PestFix has successfully completed another of its supply contracts with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) to get COVID-19 personal protective equipment (PPE) into the NHS – to specification, on budget and ahead of schedule.

This contract for two million isolation suits, completed two-and-a-half weeks early, concluded one part of a herculean effort by our small dedicated team spanning three continents to help Britain fight Covid-19 in its hour of greatest need. This PPE adds to the several other successfully completed contracts by PestFix, all delivered by us to the NHS ahead of time.

However, it is this isolation suits contract that has seen us maligned and dragged through the courts in a politically motivated application for judicial review brought about by The Good Law Project.

As a proud British-registered company, with a decade-long history of using our links with the Chinese manufacturing industry to support the public health sector including the NHS, and which pays all its taxes here in the UK, we felt duty-bound to do all we could to help this great nation cope with coronavirus.

At a tough time for business when many thousands of people are sadly losing their jobs, PestFix continue not only to provide employment to 18 people – many of them mums and dads with mouths to feed – but successfully supply the NHS with tens of millions of pieces of PPE.

We answered the DHSC's call to arms and have successfully delivered what was required of us. In most circumstances such an achievement would be cause for celebration and congratulation.

Instead we find ourselves dragged into a costly legal case based on wholly false claims of political cronyism, unsuitability to the job, and having “stolen” taxpayer money to spend on poor quality PPE – or failing to deliver at all.

Despite our history of supplying PPE, and having no prior political connections, we have inexplicably been targeted in the legal proceedings alongside companies with no PPE supply experience and with alleged links to government.

False claims made against us in the course of the judicial review claim against the government, and additionally on social media, which have then been repeated in the mainstream media and by politicians, suggest we are not a suitable PPE vendor given we are a “pest extermination/control” business and have “never manufactured PPE”. None of this, as I have previously explained, is correct.

It’s also been suggested we provided PPE into the NHS that is not up to scratch or delivered on time. This is entirely untrue.

We’ve even been accused of winning the contract because we had political connections. Again, this is nonsense. We do not have, nor have we ever had, any links to the government.

As part of a wider challenge to the government's overall handling of PPE procurement in the pandemic, the Good Law Project is asking the court to quash our isolation suits contract with DHSC. This is, staggeringly, despite the claimants knowing that our contract is complete, the PPE has been delivered, and the suits are in the hands of the DHSC.

The Good Law Project say that – despite us having delivered the PPE ahead of schedule and to specification – we should never have been awarded the contract because PestFix was neither suitable or capable of supplying Covid-19 PPE.

Given this absurd position, and the abuse and negative coverage it has stirred up for our business, we have had no choice but to try to defend ourselves. We believe that in due course it is right that the court should consider, in the usual way in all such cases, whether the claimants should have to pay our legal costs in having to defend ourselves.

The claimants have been invited on several occasions to withdraw their judicial review application, given that PestFix has fulfilled all its contractual obligations. Yet still they persist in pressing their politically motivated claim.

It is of course perfectly legitimate that there should be challenge of any public body where that challenge is appropriate and justified. It is however not justifiable to try to sink a small British company or to denigrate us online and through powerful political and media allies as collateral damage in pursuit of a political agenda, when we have delivered our agreed government contracts ahead of time, on spec and on budget.

Thank you for your ongoing support for PestFix, and I wish you and your families good health at a difficult time for us all.

We promise to continue to do all we can to help keep you safe.

Dan

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