COVID-19: ‘Cowboy’ test providers to face £10,000 fines as 91 taken off government list | UK News

Private COVID-19 testing corporations will face £10,000 fines for benefiting from holidaymakers as 91 are faraway from the government’s accepted list following a review.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid stated following a review by the Competition and Markets Authority into the personal testing market, 135 providers have additionally had their inaccurate costs corrected.

“They will be removed from the list if they advertise misleading prices again,” he stated.

“It is completely unacceptable for any private testing company to take advantage of holidaymakers and we are taking action to clamp down on cowboy behaviour.”

Mr Javid requested the competitors watchdog a month in the past to examine the PCR test market over issues of “exploitative practices” and vastly totally different prices to travellers who should take the exams on return to the UK.

Passengers complained of serious worth variations and ranges of service from the greater than 400 corporations providing the exams.

The government has a list of corporations and clinics providing COVID testing, however many lack full accreditation and greater than 100 retailers in August had been charging £200 or extra.

Typically, the exams price £75.

Analysis of the list by the Liberal Democrats confirmed simply 11% of the providers supplied exams for beneath £50, with the most affordable providing costs starting from £20.

Some 24% of the providers had been charging greater than £200 – with the Mayfair GP clinic listed as £575, though its personal web site stated costs begin at £399.

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