COVID 19 Public Inquiry Update

The Government recently published draft terms of reference for the forthcoming public inquiry into the COVID-19 pandemic.

The terms of reference intend to cover:

  • preparedness

  • the public health response

  • the response in the health and care sector

  • our economic response

There will now be a period of public engagement and consultation. This process is expected to last until 7th April 2022 and will be led by Baroness Hallett to inform further changes to the terms of reference before they are finalised.

Please note that this consultation is specifically on the draft Terms of Reference only and is not gathering evidence on people's experiences of the pandemic at this stage.

The questions for this consultation are as follows:

Do the Inquiry’s draft Terms of Reference cover all the areas that you think should be covered by the Inquiry?

Please explain why you think the draft Terms of Reference do not cover all the areas that the Inquiry should address.

Which issues or topics do you think the Inquiry should look at first?

Do you think the Inquiry should set a planned end-date for its public hearings, so as to help ensure timely findings and recommendations?

How should the Inquiry be designed and run to ensure that bereaved people or those who have suffered serious harm or hardship as a result of the pandemic have their voices heard?

More details here: Terms of Reference Consultation


Draft Terms of Reference March 2022

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