Tragically over 65,000 people have died in the UK as a result of Coronavirus, and counting.
This figure represents one of the highest death rates from Covid-19 in Europe, and the second largest number of absolute excess deaths in the world. While large countries such as the USA and Brazil have experienced higher death tolls, per population the number falls far below that of the UK.
The record number of deaths in the UK is not a natural consequence of the virus, but a product of political choices. The UK Government has failed at every juncture; in controlling the infection both prior to and during its peak, as well as in its aftermath. Specifically, the Government failed to:
- Impose stringent infection control measures;
- Provide adequate personal protective equipment;
- Protect care homes from the virus;
- Test, trace and isolate;
- Mitigate the disproportionate impact on BAME communities; and
- Mitigate the disproportionate impact on disabled people.
The failures outlined above, while not exhaustive, should form the basis of a public inquiry into the way in which the UK has handled the crisis and in order to adequately investigate where the Government went so wrong and to learn lessons.
The Public Interest Law Centre alongside over 70 organisations from civil society, including charities, trade unions, and campaigning organisations have written a letter calling for a public inquiry into the failures of Government.
We demand that the Government utilises its powers under s1 Inquiries Act 2005 and convene an immediate public inquiry.
Fill in your details and send a letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson and the current Home Secretary, Priti Patel to join our call and support a public inquiry into the litany of failures that have led to tens of thousands of unnecessary, and avoidable, deaths.