About the Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice UK movement
We are a group of bereaved family members who have come together to seek justice in the names of our loved ones gone to soon from Covid-19. We firmly believe that had the government approached the pandemic differently, truly ‘followed the science’ and ‘taken the right actions at the right times’ that many of our loved ones would still be here today.
As time goes on, more evidence emerges about government failings in relation to the timing of lockdown, provision of PPE and testing in health and care settings, isolation of cases within care homes and hospitals and much more. Despite this and the fact that the UK has one of the highest death tolls in the world, the government continues to speak of its ‘apparent success’. For the hundreds and thousands of people in mourning in the country, this is a failure to recognise the facts and an insult to the memory of our loved ones.
As a group, we aim to not only seek accountability for the mistakes that have been made, but perhaps even more importantly, to stop those same mistakes being made again, causing more families to needlessly suffer the overwhelming grief that we are experiencing. We are seeking a public inquiry, starting immediately to look at key elements of the government’s approach and inform it going forward.
We also seek to provide a voice for bereaved families and to advocate for the government to provide adequate support to those who have lost someone to Covid-19. To date there has been little to no recognition of the trauma of losing someone in this way or that there will be additional strain on bereavement and mental health support services. We believe all families should be able to access adequate support wherever they are in the country.
What we are doing
We are working in conjunction with solicitor Elkan Abrahamson from the law firm Broudie Jackson Canter to push the government to accept our calls for a public inquiry, with the first parts of this to start immediately in order to learn lessons quickly and prevent further loss of life.
Over the coming months we will also be campaigning for greater support for bereaved families including emotional and psychological support and for more consistency in how bereaved families are treated through the Covid-19 pandemic.