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Consultants’ fees ‘up to £6,250 a day’ for work on Covid test system

Global firm BCG charged £10m over four months to deal with UK test and trace network, source says, as Tory reliance on private sector seen to grow

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Management consultants are being paid as much as £6,250 a day to work on the British government’s struggling coronavirus testing system, sources have confirmed.

Senior executives from Boston Consulting Group (BCG) are being paid fees equivalent to £1.5m a year to help speed up and reorganise the £12bn network that Boris Johnson said in May would be “world-beating”.

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