The Prime Minister and the Health Secretary have been urged by lawyers to urgently hold a public examination on the government`s handling of the crisis.
The lawyers who are representing about 450 bereaved people who lost their relatives as a result of the coronavirus pandemic are calling on the UK government to immediately review their strategy on tackling of the crisis in order to lessen the number of deaths.
Covid-19 Bereaved Families for Justice Group made a formal petition to the government which asserts that there is “a compelling need to set the inquiry immediately” to reflect on the best measures required to “minimise the ongoing effects of the virus”.
The inquiry should ultimately examine the major decisions of the government and state of preparedness, which the families claim contributed to the death of their relatives, the petition states.
The petition also stated that: “There is a widely held public belief that the government is making wrong decisions in this crisis and that the government errors have cost and will continue to cost lives.”
Matt Fowler, a co-founder and spokesperson for the families’ group, said: “For many, the wounds caused by their loss will never truly heal. For those left behind, there is pain, confusion and a sense of having been failed by the system that should be protecting them.”
The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and the other ministers up to this point renounced calls for an immediate public inquiry. Johnson gave an acknowledgement that there will be time to learn lessons, but he stated that he was “very proud” of his government`s response.