A cabinet minister has refused to apologize for the government’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, despite a new report that found errors cost “thousands of lives”.
Cabinet Office minister Stephen Barkley defended the government’s decision-making to Sky News, saying: “We followed scientific advice. We deployed the vaccine very quickly, we saved our NHS from a surge of cases.”
His remarks come as family members, who lost loved ones to Covid-19, described the report of lawmakers as “laughable” for failing to collect evidence from the bereaved.
The Justice Group for Covid-19 Bereaved Families criticized the parliamentary report, which was released on Tuesday, “more interested in political arguments about whether you can bring laptops to COBRA meetings than whether it is for those people.” in the experiences that are tragically lost” members of the family Covid-19.
When asked, a second time, if he would apologize by the presenter’s Burley, Stephen Barkley replied: “Well, we followed the scientific advice, we protected the NHS, we made decisions based on the evidence before us. “
He made these comments despite reports that found the delayed decision to close last spring was “one of the most significant public health failures the United Kingdom has ever faced”.
The 150-page parliamentary report was heard from more than 50 witnesses who guided Britain’s response to the pandemic, but did not include testimony from any bereaved family.
The report concluded that the government “funded the exercise” to discover herd immunity to COVID-19. It also found that people in care homes died inexplicably during the pandemic because the social care sector was perceived as an “afterthought”.
Responding to the findings, Hannah Brady, spokeswoman for COVID-19 Bereaved Families for Justice, said: “The report barely mentions more than 150,000 bereaved families. Sadly, this is what we expected, as the committee categorically declined to speak to us or any of the bereaved family, insisting instead that they were only interested in talking to their colleagues and friends. “
Ms Brady condemned the report as “laughable” and said it was “more interested in the political arguments about whether you can bring laptops to Cobra meetings than it is in the experiences of people who have died of COVID-19.” It is an attempt to ignore and gaslight the bereaved families, who will see it as a slap in the face.”
Ms Brady argued that the report proved more than ever that any forthcoming investigation into the pandemic “must have the bereaved families at its heart.”
She said: “That is the only way to address serious questions, such as why families were not told their loved ones were suitable for intensive care without medical evaluation, or were advised by 111 to help their loved ones in their dying moments.” Also keep at home or why there were even more deaths in care homes in the second wave than in the first will be answered.”
The Duchy of Lancaster Chancellor Stephen Barclay said Tuesday morning that the investigation should consider “what the government knows [had] Something that was unprecedented? Were the decisions informed by science at that time and do we now know different things about the pandemic than we knew in February 2020? “
He continued: “And of course we’ve learned a huge amount, but we made decisions to move quickly, so the vaccine was deployed at speed, it was a success that the report considers. We look forward to moving forward in the future.” Going to do an investigation to see the lessons for it.”
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /