The pandemic is still raging and lives are at stake. As families bereaved by Covid-19, we’re campaigning for lessons to be learned as quickly as possible in order to save lives as the virus spikes again around the country.
We desperately need funds to run this campaign. So, please, if you feel able, then consider helping us with a donation to spare others the same pain we are going through.
The UK Government’s actions led to the highest death toll in Europe. But this isn’t about statistics. Every single one of the more than 40,000 deaths from Covid-19 recorded in the UK was a living, breathing person, taken before their time. We can’t let that happen again.
And this isn’t about a blame game, so we don’t know why the Government has refused to meet with us. We just don’t want others to go through the same pain we have.
It’s hard not to think that the Government would rather save its reputation than save lives.
But we family members, and the country, deserve answers.
Like why the Government pushed Covid patients into care homes, letting the virus rip silently through the places where we thought our mums and dads were safe. Or why our brothers and sisters working tirelessly in the NHS, social care and as key workers were left defenceless on the frontlines without proper protective equipment. Or why in March the Government delayed lockdown and cancelled test-and-trace, leaving itself blind to the spread of the virus and causing tens of thousands of deaths.
The Government has agreed to order an Inquiry down the line, and that’s the right thing to do. But to get real answers we absolutely need an independent and judge-led Statutory Public Inquiry – where the Government doesn’t get to mark its own homework.
And an Inquiry that reports its findings in a year or so won’t save lives in the coming months. So it’s critical that it has an urgent first phase which reports back quickly so that the lessons can be applied immediately and prevent deaths as the virus spikes again.
After months of writing, the Prime Minister has once again declined to meet us. If he continues not to listen to our stories and our demands, we may need to push for legal representations to force the Government to commit to a public inquiry with a rapid review phase. It’s not about money or compensation: it’s about justice and about saving lives.
But that legal challenge could cost us big, especially as the Government is saying it will seek to recover the costs if we lose in our case. It’s a slap in the face. Your donations are crucial to ensuring we can run this campaign. It’s too important to fail.
We’re bereaved families who have been brought together by grief and a desire to save lives. We sincerely hope you never find yourself in a position to join our ranks, but you can donate to our cause and join our call for justice: Rapid Review. Learn Lessons. Save Lives.