Downing Street’s handling of the coronavirus crisis needs to be scrutinized as MPs launch an immediate investigation into the government’s response to the pandemic.
The official investigation will see a multi-stakeholder committee of ministers – known as the Multiparty Parliamentary Group on the Coronavirus (APPG) – gather testimonies from bereaved families, health experts, professional organizations and the public.
Their conclusions and recommendations should be published by the end of the summer.
He intervenes as Boris Johnson increasingly launches an independent investigation into the UK’s fight against the Covid-19 epidemic.
The APPG is chaired by Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran, with vice-presidents from the Conservatives, the Labor Party, the SNP, the Green Party and Plaid Cymru.
Moran said, “From the neglect of nursing homes to the lack of an effective screening regime, every day brings more evidence of errors in managing this pandemic – and everything points to the fact that we will see a second peak potential this winter.
“The country and the NHS cannot afford to repeat these mistakes. There is no time to waste in learning from the British response to the pandemic.
“This is why we are launching our parliamentary investigation and will collect evidence immediately. “
Conservative MPP and Vice-President of the APPG Dan Poulter added: “It is important that we learn the things we can do better before the difficult winter months ahead.
“This winter we are likely to face a second wave of coronavirus associated with the seasonal flu virus and it is essential that our health and care system be fully prepared for what is likely to happen.”