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Good Law Project has today launched legal proceedings against the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid over the Immensa testing scandal in which 43,000 people were given false negative Covid test results, when they were actually infected.

On 15 October, the Department of Health and Social Care sent out a press release announcing that they had suspended test processing at a private lab run by Immensa, and that 43,000 people, mostly in the south west, may have received false negative PCR test results, out of 400,000 tested by that lab since early September.

Now, Covid rates in the South West around the scandal-hit lab are soaring higher than anywhere else in the country.

Government should have known about these major failings within days of the problem arising, yet it took weeks for them to shut down the site.

Shockingly, Immensa is still being allowed to process people’s PCR tests for travel at their lab in Loughborough.

And now it transpires that Immensa was never fully accredited to carry out tests, despite the Government previously insisting it was.

Somehow, the firm was awarded a £119m Government contract in September last year without going through the normal tendering process – just four months after it was set up.

Good Law Project is asking the Health Secretary Sajid Javid to immediately terminate Immensa’s contracts, compensate the individuals affected and take action to properly regulate private testing firms. If he does not, it will sue.

Jo Maugham, Director of Good Law Project said:

“We don’t know why Government chose to sidestep established testing facilities in universities and hospitals to send £119m to a newly formed private company. But the consequences have been catastrophic.

Many people are likely to have lost their lives. We want answers for their families and the tens of thousands of others whose lives have been blighted by the