In response to the Covid Inquiry's request for former PM Boris Johnson to release his unredacted WhatsApp messages and diary entries, Professor Philip Banfield, BMA council chair, said:
"The public and those who worked on the frontline throughout the pandemic have the right to expect full disclosure from Boris Johnson. Covid and the Government's handling of the pandemic had a devastating impact on the public, our health service, and its staff. In order for any meaningful lessons to be learned, everyone involved in the Covid inquiry must approach it with integrity and full transparency - this is the only way to ensure that the NHS is adequately prepared for any future pandemic. The former PM owes it to those who have died, their loved ones and all healthcare staff to provide the inquiry with all requested materials in full."
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