All-Party Group on Coronavirus
Officers of the All-Party Group
This cross-party group will provide an honest, constructive and non-partisan appraisal of the UK government’s response to the coronavirus. By bringing together respected voices and expertise from across Parliament, we can develop practical recommendations and hold the government to account.
It is vital that we are not complacent during the summer months and use this time wisely to urgently learn lessons and ensure we are better prepared for the potentially dangerous winter months ahead.
Fighting this virus - and the fallout from the first wave - is a truly national endeavour. This government tried to do it alone at the beginning of the year and soon lost public trust. Now is the time to take stock and plan for the months ahead. This time, let’s review where we are together, involving all parties and a fuller range of science and health professionals. Let’s have that urgent public inquiry and get it right this time.”
In the first wave of COVID19, the UK response was too slow and behind the curve. In early March, with the virus spreading exponentially, cases were doubling in less than a week. Delays of even a few days in taking action meant soaring cases and, tragically, greater loss of life.
We need to learn lessons fast and prepare for the new problems emerging. A huge challenge now seems to be how to act fast on flare-ups. This government cannot handle this alone by centralist thinking - it needs to be reviewed by experts and cross-party structures with a focus on empowering local areas. That’s why an urgent independent public inquiry is vital to change the approach.