Help Us Call On the government to start an immediate inquiry into its approach to the Covid-19 pandemic – and avoid a second wave
The UK death toll from Covid-19 has risen to above 40,000 with excess deaths of 60,000. While many have become used to seeing these kinds of figures, it is important to remember that each one of these numbers represents a loved person, a life gone too soon and a family torn apart. Our loved ones were not just numbers, but treasured relatives who will be missed forever.
We have one of the highest death tolls in the world
As more and more information comes to light, it has become clear that the UK hasn’t ended up with one of the highest death tolls in the world by coincidence. Gaps in the country’s pandemic preparedness, delays to locking down, inadequate supplies of PPE and the policy of discharging into care homes among other issues have all been identified as having contributed to the level of the death toll.
Despite this, the government continues to refer to its ‘apparent success’ and being ‘proud’ of its record. Not only is this deeply hurtful for bereaved families who have already gone through a traumatic loss to hear, but this reluctance to engage honestly with what has gone wrong is a barrier to learning. Our greatest fear is that more families will needlessly go through the loss and trauma we are experiencing. This fear has grown in recent weeks as the government takes steps to lift lockdown measures despite warnings from scientists that the country is not ready and doing so risks bringing about a second wave.
We must hold the government accountable and act to save lives
For these reasons, we are calling on the government to start an immediate inquiry into its approach to the Covid-19 pandemic. We reject the government’s assertion that ‘there will be a time to ask questions’ or that looking at what has happened so far will be a distraction from tackling the pandemic in the here and now. In fact, we believe quite the opposite, that beginning to look at what has happened up until now is a crucial part of being able to face what comes next.