Health Service Journal today announced that the waste firm Stericycle stands accused of overcharging the NHS by £30m.
NHS England is embroiled in legal proceedings with Stericycle over the payments, which are thought to date back to the Lansley reforms in 2012-13.
Stericycle is one of the biggest providers of waste management services to the NHS, private healthcare organisations, and GP surgeries.
In 2017, the company launched legal action against NHS England after alleging it was owed £2.9m in unpaid invoices.
But, in an unrelated court case this summer, it emerged NHS England has countered by alleging Stericycle has “engaged in substantial overcharging” that “exceeds the invoiced sum by a sizeable margin”, according to a High Court judge.
HSJ has learned from several sources that the alleged overcharging equates to roughly £30m, and has been ongoing ever since the Lansley reforms.