Why this family who lost their “healthy” father to coronavirus is calling for an investigation into what the government has done


Lawyers representing about 500 bereaved relatives of coronavirus victims have called for an immediate public inquiry into the government’s handling of the crisis. The Covide-19 Bereared Families for Justice UK group says urgent review is needed to prevent further deaths.

An official petition to the government by the group argues that there is “no compelling need to set up the immediate investigation.”

He adds, “There is a widespread public belief that the government is making bad decisions in this crisis and that government mistakes are costly and will continue to cost lives.”

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Shaun Brady, of Hindley, Wigan, died on May 16 after six weeks on a ventilator in intensive care.

His daughters Tasha and Hannah said, before their father contracted the virus, he was fit and healthy and spent hours walking outside.

Shaun Brady and his daughter, Hannah

Speaking to the M.E.N. about their decision to seek the investigation, Hannah, 24, said, “Without the lack of response from the government in the first few months, I firmly believe that my father would still be alive.”

Shaun was a key worker at the Heinz plant in Wigan and was working until April 2, when he was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

Three days later, he was taken to intensive care with COVID-19, where he remained until May 16 – when his daughters made the painful decision to turn off his ventilator.

“My father was 55 and my sister and I shouldn’t have made those decisions,” Hannah said.

“If we had locked up holidaymakers earlier or quarantined arriving in the UK, I think my father would not have had a coronavirus or died.”

Hannah says she and her sister are pushing for immediate investigation to save the lives of others if there is a second wave of the virus.

“If the government can recognize that these things have been done too slowly, then at least with a second wave, we could save more lives, so if they continue on course, they are on the right track,” she added.

Shaun Brady and his daughter, Tasha

The group’s lawyer, Elkan Abrahamson, suggested that an investigation could be conducted by a High Court judge, supported by expert reviewers, to examine issues such as the return of children to school, the provision of personal protective equipment (PEP) and home care policy.

He told the Manchester Evening News “What the investigation would not have to look at is past decisions that do not affect the current situation.

“For example, was the lock introduced two weeks before the end?” This is something that can be looked at in the long term.

“The key is to ask what the government is doing and what is it going to do in the future?

“Can they justify the science they rely on and, ultimately, do we think they are doing the right things?”

The group’s request comes after Scotland’s former chief scientific adviser, Professor Dame Anne Glover, said an investigation must be carried out before a second wave of the virus hits the UK.

Professor Glover, who is now president of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, said last week: “Given that this second wave is likely to come at a time that is likely to coincide with seasonal influenza, and this would give us serious problems, we really need to understand what the defects were in our apparent inability to cope with this pandemic appropriately.

“Where failures have occurred, (we need to understand) why failures have occurred and how can we avoid these failures in the future.

“This survey needs to be done in a few months, not a few years, because the goal is to make sure we don’t make the same mistakes if we get a second wave of the virus.”

She added: “No one is perfect and it’s ok to make a mistake, but it would be inexcusable to make the same mistake twice.”

A government spokesman said: “At some point in the future, we will have an opportunity to look back, reflect and learn from it.

“But for now, the most important thing to do is to focus on the response to the current situation.”


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