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Labor has written to Health Secretary Sajid Javid urging him to ensure that a new £ 5bn contract for NHS protective gear, including gowns and masks, is not attributed to companies involved in forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region.
Given the tenders for contracts for gowns, masks, eye protection and other items, and the £ 6bn contract for gloves will end at the end of August, “you have a little over a week to decide. how you are going to approach the issue of forced labor, “warned Javid, shadow secretary for international trade, Emily Thornberry.
In the letter, seen by the Guardian, Thornberry wrote: “Just as this is not an excuse for lucrative contracts awarded to government cronies with no experience in the production or supply of PPE, nor an excuse to ignore the risks of forced labor being used overseas to make supplies required by the NHS.
“As you know, evidence has emerged in recent years of the widespread and systematic use of forced labor against the Uyghur population of China in factories, farms and prison camps in the Xinjiang region, and of the forced transport of Uyghurs to perform similar work. in other regions under the so-called Chinese state labor transfer program.
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