UK watchdog calls for much tougher vetting of Covid PCR test firms

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Rob Davies

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Intervention follows revelations about poor service from ‘rogue’ firms on government-approved list


The consumer watchdog has called for much tougher government vetting of private companies selling Covid-19 tests to travellers, following revelations about poor service from “rogue” operators that it said had resulted in a lottery for customers.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the market for PCR tests, in which private businesses apply for inclusion on a government-approved list, was not working and risked causing a “race to the bottom” among companies touting for customers.

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