Government warns Covid test firms over misleading prices

Written by on August 23, 2021

More than 80 private Covid travel test providers listed on the government’s website will be issued two-strike warnings over misleading prices, Health Secretary Sajid Javid has announced.


A further 57 firms will be removed from the website on Monday, because they either no longer exist or do not actually provide the relevant tests.


The government will also introduce spot checks on the test providers.


The government website has a list of private companies that offer such tests – but a recent review by the Department of Health found the prices displayed were lower on the Gov.UK site than the actual amount they cost.


Some of the most common complaints from travellers also mention tests listed on the government’s list of providers that do not exist at the price advertised, whilst others allege poor service.


Mr Javid said: “It is absolutely unacceptable for any private testing company to be taking advantage of holidaymakers and today’s action clamps down on this cowboy behaviour.

Credit: BBC


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