West Lancashire MP and Health Select Committee Member Rosie Cooper commented:
“This absolutely damning report was agreed by the cross party Health and Science Committees after much discussion.
“The findings are clear, that throughout the pandemic the Government made reactive decisions, too late to make enough of a difference, costing thousands of lives. They failed to proactively make decisions based on evidence of the progression of Covid-19 in other countries and did not challenge poor scientific advice.
“We now urgently need a comprehensive Public Inquiry as there are areas and evidence that was not available to the committee which need to be examined. The public deserve a clear and detailed investigation into every aspect of the Government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic and we have a duty to give grieving families honest and impartial answers to their many unanswered questions.
“Only a full-scale Public Inquiry will actually provide the much needed answers on failings such as the discharge of Covid-19 patients to Care Homes, failure to protect social care and allegations of blanket DNRs issued to people with learning disabilities.”