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Matt Hancock resists pleas from grieving families to begin Covid-19 inquiry

Matt Hancock has resisted pleas from grieving families to set a timetable for an inquiry into the Government’s dealing with of the pandemic.

The Health Secretary dismissed a question from the Mirror over when a probe would happen amid rising calls from bereaved kinfolk and Covid-19 survivors for motion.

Union leaders and grieving kinfolk noticed a minute’s silence on the National Covid-19 Memorial Wall in London Wednesday, in reminiscence of some 127,000 individuals who have died in the course of the pandemic.

Boris Johnson has promised an inquiry into the dealing with of the Covid disaster however the Government has repeatedly refused to give any particulars on when it would begin.

It comes regardless of a number of inquiries being launched in current weeks over the sleaze scandal engulfing Downing Street, together with an investigation by Mr Johnson’s new requirements adviser on the PM’s lavish renovation of his official flat.



Health Secretary Matt Hancock refused to give any particulars on when a Covid-19 inquiry can be held

The Mirror’s Ben Glaze requested Mr Hancock to give consolation to grieving kinfolk by setting out a timetable for a Covid inquiry at Wednesday’s Downing Street press convention.

Mr Hancock replied: “You are quite right it’s important that we have an inquiry.

“It’s essential too that we study classes the entire time. I believe that it’s important that we consistently are searching for to study what we are able to in regards to the science, about how the rollout’s working, about how we are able to enhance coverage, after which reply to that.

“There will be time for an inquiry but the most important thing for the decision makers is to make sure we are constantly learning.”

He stated the inquiry ought to “cover everything”.

It comes after grieving kinfolk renewed their calls to study classes from the pandemic amid questions over the dealing with of the virus final year.

Questions embody whether or not the UK ought to have shut its borders earlier, why frontline workers didn’t have sufficient protecting package and whether or not harder social distancing guidelines might have been introduced in earlier.

On Workers Memorial Day, Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice co-founder Jo Goodman advised the Mirror: “Many of our loved ones lost their life after catching Covid-19 in their workplaces.

“From working in the factories that produced PPE for the NHS to the nurses and doctors who didn’t have enough PPE at the start of the pandemic, they kept the country going and paid the ultimate price.

“An independent, judge-led statutory public inquiry is vital to making sure we learn lessons and save lives during the pandemic and for any future waves.

“The stories of our loved ones hold the answers to preventing more grief for other families.”

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