Responding to the appointment of Baroness Heather Hallett as the chair of the public inquiry into the UK’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, Dr Chaand Nagpaul, BMA council chair, said:
“We welcome Baroness Hallett as chair of the public inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic. Almost two years since Covid-19 arrived on our shores we have the highest death toll in Europe, with record daily virus cases and the NHS now facing its most difficult winter ever, so there must be no delay to starting this work.
“The families of the more than 146,000 people who have lost their lives to Covid, as well as the healthcare workers who have spent the last 20 months working in the most harrowing situations, deserve answers and the nation needs assurances that we will never experience tragedy on this level again.
“The BMA, which represents the frontline doctors who have sacrificed so much in the battle against Covid-19, looks forward to working with Baroness Hallett and our own recently-launched Lessons Learned review will be key in informing our engagement with the public inquiry.”
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