Learning the lessons from the pandemic

Yesterday, the Prime Minister confirmed that an independent public inquiry into the handling of the pandemic will begin in Spring 2022 - looking at the events of the last year to identify key issues for the future. 

  • The government has always said that we must examine our pandemic response rigorously and candidly, learning every possible lesson for the future.
  • That is why the Prime Minister has announced that the Government will establish an independent public inquiry on a statutory basis, with full powers under the Inquiries Act of 2005.
  • In establishing the Inquiry, the UK government will work closely with the devolved administrations, as it has done throughout the pandemic, and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster has already spoken to the First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, and the First and Deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland to begin those conversations.


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