This site is intended for healthcare professionals only

UK opens public inquiry into COVID-19

Written by: | Published:

COVID virus The wide-ranging enquiry will assess how well the Government managed the pandemic

Two and a half years after the arrival of the COVID-19 virus in the UK, a wide-ranging public inquiry has opened into the Government’s handling of the crisis. The inquiry chair, retired High Court judge Baroness Hallett, made a pledge to conclude matters as ‘speedily as possible so lessons are learned before another pandemic strikes’.

For more on this topic

‘Every person has had their life changed to some extent,’ she said. ‘Those who have suffered the most will want to know if any more could have been done to reduce their suffering.’

The three key topics for the inquiry are
  • How prepared the UK was for a pandemic
  • The urgency of the Government’s response
  • The scientific rationale behind lockdown and other social distancing measures

The inquiry is expected to start taking evidence from scientists in September, and begin questioning ministers in Spring 2023.

The official start of the inquiry was welcomed by health leaders. ‘Baroness Hallett’s commitment to place inequalities and the voices of those not often heard at the heart of the inquiry will be appreciated by nursing staff, who too often felt invisible during the pandemic,’ said Pat Cullen, General Secretary of the RCN

“The inquiry must take stock of the damage that the pandemic has done to our health and care services and look ahead to ensure nursing staff are never left unprotected again.”

What do you think? Leave a comment below or tweet your views to @IndyNurseMag

This material is protected by MA Healthcare Ltd copyright.
See Terms and Conditions.

Comments

Name
 
Email
 
Comments
 

Please view our Terms and Conditions before leaving a comment.

Change the CAPTCHA codeSpeak the CAPTCHA code
 

Read a free issue from Practice Nursing

Register to read a free issue from our sister publication, Practice Nursing.

Including articles on asthma, diabetes and more. Read your copy.

Newsletter

Sign up to the newsletter

About

Independent Nurse is the professional resource for primary care and community nurses, providing clinical articles for practice nurses and prescribers.

Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter and stay up to date with the latest nursing news.

Stay Connected

Stay social with Independent Nurse by following us on Twitter, liking us on Facebook or connecting on LinkedIn.

Archive

Need access to some of our older articles? You can view our archive, or alternatively contact us.

Contact Us

MA Healthcare Ltd.
St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road
London, SE24 0PB

Tel: +44 (0)20 7738 5454
Registered in England and Wales No. 01878373

Meet the team

Authors

Find out how to contribute to Independent Nurse here.