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Exposed: the doctor who got £2.5m in a week from ‘coronavirus tests’

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A private doctor has raked in £2.5m in one week by profiteering from thousands of people across Britain who are desperate to find out whether they have contracted the coronavirus.

Dr Mark Ali, a 56-year-old cardiologist, has sold more than 6,600 coronavirus test kits for £375 each to people who fear they have the illness. The price is more than three times what his supplier - Randox - charges the public for the same tests.



Private Harley Street Clinic Limited, which, despite its name, is based at his flat in north London miles from the renowned medical street. The business hired temporary agency staff in the past few days to man the phones.



The shadow health secretary, Jon Ashworth, yesterday accused Ali of exploiting people’s fears about a lack of testing across the country.

He said: “This is an unprecedented public health crisis. People will be disgusted at profiteering behaviour like this.

“It has to be a national priority to ramp up testing, especially for our NHS staff, and the government must stamp out this exploitative action.”



The Private Harley Street Clinic Limited was incorporated in 2017 shortly after Ali’s two previous companies with near identical names were struck off by Companies’ House for failing to file accounts. The new company was also threatened with being struck off until it posted accounts last summer, which showed that it had total net assets of less than £200.




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Crooks, I can't see the point in testing to see if you got it, if you have there's not much you can do about it. If you think you might have it  would be best to self isolate

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Also, do you trust the result from one of his tests?.


Are they using an approved and CE marked test kit?

Is it being performed in an accredited lab, by appropriately qualified BMS's / clinical scientists holding the correct competencies?

Has the set-up they are using been validated at the outset, and subject to IQA, EQA, with use of controls (positive and negative controls) for each test 'run'.


That is even before one looks at the issues of sensitivities and specificity of a test (and them bearing in mind the population prevalence derive the 'positive predictive value' and 'negative predictive value' for a test.



Sure, I could set up Bazza's lab, and give people a result,

How do they know how much they can actually trust that result?

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