Covid public inquiry must look into care home deaths

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus has called on the prime minister to set out a specific timeline and remit for a public inquiry into the pandemic, after he committed to holding one within the current parliamentary session.

Dan Poulter MP said the inquiry should look into why there have been so many Covid-related deaths in care homes, while Caroline Lucas MP said it must be “genuinely independent”. It comes after ONS figures published today revealed there have been 42,341 care home resident deaths in care homes during the pandemic, including 21,677 deaths in the second wave.

Dan Poulter MP, Vice-Chair of the APPG on Coronavirus, commented:

“The Prime Minister’s commitment to hold a public inquiry within this parliamentary session is both significant and welcome.

“The devil will be in the detail, and we look forward to the government setting out the timeline, remit and structure for this crucial public inquiry.

“This must include detailed consideration of the devastating toll of the coronavirus on care home residents and staff, and how to prevent the mistakes made in the early stages of the pandemic from being repeated.”

Caroline Lucas MP, Vice-Chair of the APPG on Coronavirus, commented:

“We are glad the prime minister has finally committed to a public inquiry within the next year. The government must now ensure this inquiry is genuinely independent and wide-ranging and that bereaved families get justice.

“This is no time for complacency. We must make sure that the NHS and care system are better equipped for any deadly variants or future waves.”

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Notes to Editors

The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) is conducting a cross-party parliamentary inquiry into the government’s handling of the pandemic and has so far held over 20 hearings and made over 40 recommendations. More information is available here.