The pandemic is still raging and lives are at stake. As families bereaved by Covid-19, we’re campaigning for lessons to be learned as quickly as possible in order to save lives as the virus spikes again around the country.
The UK Government’s actions have led to the highest death toll in Europe. But this isn’t about statistics. Every single one of the tens of thousands of deaths from Covid-19 recorded in the UK represents a living, breathing person, taken before their time. We can’t let this keep on happening.
And this isn’t about a blame game, so we don’t know why the Government has refused to meet with us. We just don’t want others to go through the same pain we have.
It’s hard not to think that the Government would rather save its reputation than save lives.
But we family members, and the country, deserve answers.
The Government has agreed to order an Inquiry down the line, and that’s the right thing to do. But to get real answers we absolutely need an independent and judge-led Statutory Public Inquiry – where the Government doesn’t get to mark its own homework.
And an Inquiry that reports its findings in a year or so won’t save lives in the coming months. So it’s critical that it has an urgent first phase which reports back quickly so that the lessons can be applied immediately and prevent deaths as the virus spikes again.
After months of writing, the Prime Minister has once again declined to meet us. If he continues not to listen to our stories and our demands, we may need to push for legal representations to force the Government to commit to a public inquiry with a rapid review phase. It’s not about money or compensation: it’s about justice and about saving lives.
But that legal challenge could cost us big, especially as the Government is saying it will seek to recover the costs if we lose in our case. It’s a slap in the face. Your donations are crucial to ensuring we can run this campaign. It’s too important to fail.