Blistering report on Government Covid failures calls for misconduct charges

Boris Johnson’s government has been accused of negligence (Image: PA/Getty)

The government has been accused of ‘misbehavior in public office’ and egregious negligence in its handling of the coronavirus crisis.

Tens of thousands of Covid deaths were avoidable according to evidence investigated by The People’s Covid Inquiry, which said ‘serious governance failures’ contributed to the UK’s huge death toll .

Its rife report said the Government had failed to act to protect key populations at increased risk and that recommendations from previous pandemic planning maneuvers had been ignored.

The investigation added that allegations of misconduct in public office should be reviewed, based on available evidence of failures and ‘serious consequences’ for the public.

Campaign group Keep Our NHS Public organized the investigation in the absence of a formal investigation and heard evidence from February this year until the summer.

The government said it was committed to holding a full public inquiry next spring after acknowledging there were lessons learned.

Accusing the Government of ‘serious failures in governance’ in a report published Wednesday, the People’s Covid Inquiry said: ‘These have contributed to tens of thousands of deaths and suffering. avoidable, and they are considered misconduct in public office.’

The bereaved families ignored their questions, the inquest said (Image: Getty Images)

It added that the Government had disrespected the bereaved and ignored their questions.

Its chairman, Michael Mansfield QC, said it had ‘disastrously failed in the face of obvious risks’ and accused Boris Johnson’s administration of ‘horrific misconduct’.

He said the investigation had identified ‘the subject of conduct that resulted in serious negligence by the Government, whether examined individually or collectively’.

Mr Mansfield argued: ‘There are lives lost and devastated, which are foreseeable and preventable”.

‘From lack of preparation and tight policy, to unconscionable delays, to fancy and wasteful procurement, to ministers breaking the rules themselves, misconduct is appalling. earthquake.’

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The investigation heard evidence from a variety of witnesses and organisations, including academics, frontline staff and bereaved bereaved.

Other findings include:

  • It does not address the severity of the pandemic before the March 2020 shutdown
  • Deep social inequalities contribute to more vulnerable populations
  • Financial support for those in need of isolation is not enough to effectively reduce the spread of infection
  • The Government’s delay in giving advice to healthcare professionals and advice to the public to rely on NHS 111, has contributed to the coronavirus death toll
  • There was, and still is, an ‘overdependence on vaccines alone’
  • Government public health messages are often confused and contradictory

There is no accountability, and this cannot be offset by the success of the vaccine rollout, Mr. Mansfield said.

Jo Goodman, co-founder of the Covid-19 group Bereaved Family for Justice, which contributed to the investigation, said: ‘It is important that bereaved families are the focus of the upcoming investigation and are heard. at every turn, and this report is proof exactly why.

‘The loss of our loved ones should be used to learn lessons and save lives – something the Government should be completely focused on and dedicated to.’

The UK has the seventh highest death toll in the world by country – albeit relatively small – recording more than 144,000 deaths within 28 days of testing positive and nearly 168,000 mentions of Covid-19 on the death certificate.

It also has the fourth-highest number of cases with 10 million – equivalent to more than one in seven infected.

The report is being officially launched at an event in Westminster on Wednesday morning.

It was based on a report from the Covid-19 Bereaved Family for Justice group, which outlined the key areas they wanted the formal investigation to examine.

These include ‘mishandling’ of NHS 111 service, pandemic preparedness and disproportionate impact on black, Asian and minority ethnic groups.

A Government spokesman said: ‘Covid-19 is an unprecedented pandemic that has challenged health systems worldwide.

‘Thanks to our joint national effort, our preparedness plans and our frontline NHS workers, we have saved lives, immunized tens of millions of people and prevented the NHS from being overwhelmed. .

‘We are prepared for a wide range of scenarios and by implementing key elements of our flu prevention plan, we are able to develop new means of dealing with the virus quickly, such as by setting up our national testing program and rolling out millions of vaccines.

‘Every death from this virus is a tragedy and we have always said there are still lessons to be learned from the pandemic, which is why we are committed to conducting a full public investigation. enough in the spring.’

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